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Simple Sensory Bin Ideas for toddlers

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If you're looking for some simple sensory bin ideas then this post will have you covered! We love sensory bins, but some of them can be a bit complicated to set up. The reality is that a simple sensory bin is just as much fun for babies and toddlers as a complicated one! simple sensory bin ideas pinterest

Simple Sensory Bin Ideas

Do you have a sensory bin for your toddler? Sensory play encourages children to play, create, investigate and explore, and is beneficial to so many areas of development. One of my favorite ways of encouraging sensory play is with a sensory bin and there are so many simple sensory bin ideas out there that you don't have to make it harder than it has to be.

There are a lot of amazing sensory box ideas floating around Pinterest (and they are amazing) but I've had a lot of people comment that they find these too overwhelming to make, and that they get discouraged and give up on making a sensory bin.

For this reason, I'm here to show you that sensory bins can be simple! In fact I've found some of the best 'simple' sensory bin ideas for you - no excuses now!


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If you're wondering what to use for your sensory bin, there are a few options. While any large container like this one will work just fine, my favorite sensory play storage ideas are:

Sand and Water Table.

There are lots of different designs to choose from, but I really like the fact that you can use it for its main purpose of sand and water play, but it also doubles as a sensory box that you can fill with whatever you like. If you can get one that has a lid, like the one below, that is even better.

simple sensory bin for toddler water table



A Tuff Tray 
These are generally found in the gardening section (I know that because I looked everywhere for one!). I finally found this one on Amazon and it has been great. I love that this style allows for much more creativity than the sand and water table. This is the style you will often see in some of the fancier sensory play bins.
tuff tray for sensory bins

What else do you need for a simple sensory bin? 

A good sensory play bin allows for stirring, scooping, sifting and sorting. You can normally raid your kitchen cupboards for items, but if you would prefer a set of items just for play time, I would recommend the following as a great starter.

Tweezers and scoops. I highly recommend THIS SET - it's a great inexpensive pack that you'll use so much with toddlers and preschoolers.
fine motor set toddler sensory binOther sensory items that I always have on hand are:

You can keep things really simple by filling your sensory bin with sand or water, but if you want to branch out a little, while still keeping things easy, the ideas below are great.

If you're keen to get started with toddler sensory bins, but find some of these a bit overwhelming, you might like to join our 10 Day Simple Sensory Bin Challenge. In this challenge, we use simple and inexpensive items to create fun and engaging sensory bins. They won't win any Pinterest awards but they WILL entertain your toddler. You can sign up for the challenge (it's free!) HERE. 


Here are some of our favorite simple sensory bin ideas!

Easy Water Sensory Play - Let's start simple with this super easy activity!

easy water sensory bin ideas for toddlers

Simple Rice Sensory Bin - This is another toddler sensory play idea that is soooo easy to set up and is always a hit!


Cloud Dough Sensory Play 

cloud-dough-300x169Rainbow Rice Sensory Bin 

rainbow rice sensory bin



Colored Pasta Sensory Bin 

Washing Toys Sensory Bin 

washing toys water play trucks

Shaving Cream Sensory Bin 

color mixing water table feature



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