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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Eyeball Sensory Bin

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This sensory bin was most popular with my older kids. In fact, I happened to have it on the counter during a zombie theme party we had for our son and the preteen and teenage guests at the party loved it! Some of those boys spent more than twenty minutes playing in it. Don’t believe anyone who tries to tell you that sensory bins are only for little ones!

Eyeball Sensory Bin...even popular with older kids.To make this eyeball sensory bin, I used purple water beads, water, googly eye stickers, bright coloured eyeball finger puppet rings, and cartoon eye glasses. I began by filling a clear plastic bin with water and the purple water beads to allow them to soak up the water. When the water had been absorbed, I added the other items.

One of the ways the kids played with this bin was to play seek-and-find with the eyeball stickers that were here and there and everywhere.

Eyeball sensory bin with purple water beadsThe cardboard on the cartoon glasses got wet from the water beads after a few days so we ended up having to take those out, but they were a fun element while they lasted. The kids enjoyed trying them on and laughing at each other! They also liked playing with the ring finger puppets.

This would be a good sensory bin to go along with a Monsters theme unit or for Hallowe’en.

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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

Fall Sensory Bins

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Fall is here. We’ve been phasing out some of our summer activities as the weather cools. I love the colours in the Fall so that helps me make the mental transition in adapting to the crisper weather.

Last week, we made our first autumn sensory bin of the season. Actually, it was a bin-in-a-bag I got from a friend so all I had to do was dump it into a bin and let the kids start playing!

Fall Sensory Bins:
20 Fall Sensory Bins

  1. Fall Button Tree Quiet Bin for Preschoolers from Hands On as We Grow (pictured)
  2. Thanksgiving Sensory Bin from here on The Chaos and Clutter
  3. Fall Sensory Basket Ideas for Babies from Growing Hands-On Kids
  4. Apple Sensory Bin {With Free Printable} from Teaching Mama (pictured)
  5. How to Create A Fall Colored Rice Sensory Bin from Little Miss Kate & Co.
  6. Fall Sensory Play for Toddlers from Fun at Home with Kids
  7. Autumn Sensory Bin with Birdseed and Cinnamon from here at The Chaos and The Clutter
  8. Fall Sensory Bin (With Homemade Pumpkin Play Dough) from Wildflower Ramblings
  9. Fall Farm Sensory Bin from The Jenny Evolution
  10. The Best Part of Harvest: Playing in the Corn Sensory Bin from The Resourceful Mama
  11. Pumpkin Patch Sensory Bin: Practicing Matching With Preschoolers from Life Over C’s (practised)
  12. Sunflower Sensory Bin from Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes (pictured)
  13. Camouflaged Dinosaurs in Autumn Leaves from Messy Little Monster (pictured)
  14. Football Sensory Bin from Fantastic Fun and Learning (pictured)
  15. Spooky Spider Sensory Bin from The Eyes of a Boy (pictured)
  16. Fall on the Farm Sensory Bin from Gift of Curiosity (pictured)
  17. Fall Sensory Bin from Happy Hooligans (pictured)
  18. Seek-N-Find Fall Sensory Bin from Mama Miss
  19. Pumpkin Patch Small World Sensory Play from Buggy and Buddy (pictured)
  20. Fall Harvest Sensory Bin Play Fine Motor from Learning through Playing

These fall sensory bins are sure to give you creative ideas for making your very own. If you’ve never made a sensory bin before and aren’t sure if your kids would enjoy playing in one, try one just once. I think you’ll be surprised how much time they spend using it and the type of imaginative play it inspires.

fall sensory bins

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Autumn Sensory Bin with Birdseed and Cinnamon

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When it comes to sensory bins, I usually make a new one every week and have an easy time coming up with ideas. I have a storage cart that houses sensory supplies so in a pinch, I search through there for inspiration and it only takes me a few minutes to put together a new bin.

This summer was the busiest we have ever had (four different camps between VBS, day camp, horse camp, and mountain bike camp for five of the kids, extended family camping trip, my trip to Virginia to speak at a blogging conference, family road trip to Vancouver Island, out of town wedding in the mountains where my husband was the best man, and various day trips) and trying to get back into the swing of homeschooling this Fall has not gone as smoothly as planned.

Even something as simple as coming up with a new sensory bin can add to the general feeling of overwhelm. That’s where great friends come in! My friend Michelle gifted me this sensory bin in a bag. She was one of the moms that did the sensory bin swap with me last year and since then, we have given each other a few bins-in-a-bag.

Autumn Sensory Bin with birdseed and cinnamonMaking a bin-in-a-bag couldn’t be simpler. You take your latest sensory bin and dump the contents into a resealable bag and then pass it along to someone so that their kids can enjoy a new sensory bin experience.

Michelle’s Autumn Sensory Bin contained:

  • birdseed
  • cinnamon
  • bright coloured feathers
  • fall leaves (plastic)
  • thin gold rope
  • two scoops
  • green pompoms
  • a rock
  • a clothespin

Granola Girl said that this bin reminder her of an I-Spy sensory bin. She enjoyed playing with the different textures and she liked the cinnamon scent (though Michelle’s daughter was not a fan of it apparently!). Between the colours and the smell, this sensory experience was a great way to welcome Fall!

Autumn Sensory BinI’m thankful that I have friends who share their sensory bins with me when I’m in a bit of a creative funk! (Michelle did give me permission to post pictures of her lovely creation).

For hundreds of other sensory bin ideas, you can also follow my Sensory Bins board on Pinterest.

Follow Sharla Kostelyk’s board Sensory Bins on Pinterest.

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