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Take Flight with a Sky Sensory Bin

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Last year, we did a flight unit in our homeschool and I always like to add sensory elements to everything we study. It allows the kids to explore and use their imaginations and helps their retention. Recently, we created three sky sensory activities that would have complemented that unit nicely including this sky sensory bin. They would also work well with a weather unit.

This Sky sensory bin is perfect for flight units or for kids who want to explore and use their imaginations.For this sky sensory bin, we used a base of dry pasta that we dyed blue. If you’ve never dyed pasta before, you can read about how to do it using either rubbing alcohol or vinegar. (click those words and it will take you to simple tutorials for each method)

For the actual bin for this, I used a clear food storage container that was fairly deep. After filling it with the blue pasta shells, we added some of the items from the In the Sky Toob and used the remaining items from the tube to add to our Sky Sensory Bag and Sky Sensory Bottle.

The kids cut cloud shapes out of white foam and added them into the bin. We also added cotton balls to represent fluffy clouds. I like how colourful the items are. They make this such a cheerful looking sensory bin.

sky-sensory-binThe hot air balloon from the In the Sky Toob was a particularly popular element and there were several imaginative play scenarios that resulted from it.

sky-sensory-bin-squareFor dozens of other sensory bin ideas, check out all of our past Sensory Bins.

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Solar System Sensory Bin

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We recently did a solar system unit in our homeschooling. It was a really fun unit with lots of easy ways to create hands-on science experiments and interest for the kids. I try to always think of at least one sensory element to go along with the unit studies that we do. For our solar system unit, I made a naturally weighted space sensory bottle and this solar system sensory bin.

Glow in the Dark Solar System sensory binI thought it would be fun to add some glow in the dark elements to this particular sensory bin so I added two different glow in the dark components. One worked better than the other.

For the base of this solar system sensory bin, I used a glitter gravel I picked up at the dollar store. I added two different sizes of decorative black rocks. I used some items from a Space Toob such as a rocket ship, satellite and lunar rover.  For the glow in the dark elements, I added 3D glow-in-the-dark planets which worked really well and sprinkled glow-in-the-dark glitter over some of the black rocks, which didn’t show up as well in the dark.

Solar System sensory bin glows in the darkThis sensory bin allowed a hands-on opportunity for the kids to explore the planets and learn some of their characteristics. They also enjoyed the glow in the dark effects.

For this particular science unit, I think it was beneficial to have two sensory activities, the sensory bin and the space sensory bottle because some of my kids preferred one while others preferred the other. I also brought both to our homeschool co-op and both were explored by all ages of kids.

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Joy Sensory Bin

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This Joy Sensory Bin is perfect for a bit of sensory play around the holidays. Even though we have been making sensory bins for a very long time now, it never ceases to amaze me how much enjoyment my kids still get out of them. I also am impressed at the different, out-of-the-box ways the kids think of playing when each bin.

Joy Sensory Bin for sensory play over the Christmas holidaysI am in love with that picture because Dancing Queen’s face looks so peaceful which shows the power of sensory play with kids who have sensory needs and anxiety.

Making this sensory bin was a two part project. We made the letters for JOY by covering wooden letters with Modge Podge and sprinkling generously with silver glitter. When they were dry, I mixed Modge Podge with water and went over the sprinkles with it to seal them.

I used a blue bin and added fake snow (also called buffalo snow). I used a type that was iridescent because I liked the look of it but regular would work too.

I added white and blue pompoms, holiday shaped mini cookie cutters, white feathers, snowflake confetti in white, blue and silver, and the JOY letters.

Joy Sensory BinLast year for Christmas, I made a Winter Wonderland sensory bin and while the kids loved it and we decided to use the same snow for this one because it was such a hit, I wanted to do something this year to convey a bit more about the real reason for the holidays so that is where the idea for the Joy Sensory Bin came from.

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If you are looking for information on making sensory bins, you may be interested in my book. The Ultimate Guide to Sensory Bins

Christmas Sensory Bins

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We love sensory bins. That’s no secret. We create different sensory bins every week so over the years have created many holiday themed ones. For those who are looking for inspiration to create their own Christmas sensory bins, I’ve compiled some of our past holiday sensory bins as well as some others. I hope this helps you come up with your own. I would love to see pictures of your completed sensory bins.

Christmas sensory bin ideas to inspire you to create your own.Nativity Sensory Bin from Growing Hands on Kids

Peppermint Sensory Bin from Stir the Wonder

Joy Sensory Bin from here on The Chaos and The Clutter (pictured)

Christmas Sensory Box from Learning and Exploring Through Play (pictured)

Toddler Sensory Bin from Sow Sprout Play (pictured)

Red and Green Christmas Sensory Tub from Teaching Mama (pictured)

Scented Snow Sensory Bin from Where Imagination Grows

Christmas Lights Water Bead Sensory Bin from 3 Dinosaurs (pictured)

14793688_10154258480764900_259536046_nChristmas Village Sensory Bin from Happy Hooligans (pictured)

Christmas Sensory Bin from Gift of Curiosity

Winter Wonderland Sensory Bin from here on The Chaos and The Clutter (pictured)

Jingle Bells Christmas Sensory Bins from Mama OT (pictured)

Away in a Manger Sensory Bin from Sugar Aunts

Preschool Peppermint Bin from Learning 2 Walk

Jingle Bells and Magnets Sensory Bin from Lalymom (pictured)

Dollar Store Sensory Bin from The Good Long Road

14686305_10154258480939900_593799523_nHoliday Sensory Play with Gift Wrap from Pre-K Pages (pictured)

Scented Snowflake Soup from And Next Comes L

All Natural Christmas Sensory Bin from Cutting Tiny Bites (pictured)

Christmas Water Sensory Play from Little Bins for Little Hands

Christmas Sensory Fine Motor Bin from Learning 4 Kids

Silver Bells Christmas Carol Sensory Bin from One Time Through

I hope these Christmas sensory bins have helped sparked some creativity and ideas for you to make your own this holiday season.

For dozens of other sensory bin ideas, check out all of our past Sensory Bins.

sensory-bin-collage-squareIf you are looking for information on making sensory bins, you may be interested in my book all about it. The Ultimate Guide to Sensory Bins