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Homemade Sensory Bins

Sensory bins can be a fun addition to your playtime routine and is a wonderful way for children to explore and learn through hands-on play. When exploring the sensory bins with your child, follow their lead by copying their actions and narrating throughout play.

Sensory Bins Support Development as they Improve:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Sensory exploration
  • Play skills
  • Language development

The QuickStart team wants to share how to build a sensory bin with safe, everyday household items. Begin your sensory bin by filling a shallow container with filler material and objects that attract your child’s attention.

Filler Material Ideas:

  • Rice
  • cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Cooked and cooled pasta

Things to Add:

  • Small toys
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Plastic letters or shapes
  • Cookie cutters
  • Shovel, rake, or tongs

When selecting items for your sensory bin, use non-toxic items which will not be a choking hazard for your child. Toddlers should be supervised using sensory bins to ensure they are safe while playing.

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