This seek and find sensory bin is so simple and yet, so much fun. Kids will love searching through to find their hidden items. For younger kids, this sensory bin can almost mimmic a peek-a-book type of effect. You can drop a toy in and it disappears until they find it and it reappears again.
Seek and Find Sensory Bin:
- multicoloured paper shreds (we actually got ours from inside those confetti popper things, but you can cut or tear tissue paper, use paper scraps, or leftover Easter grass)
- small toys or stuffed animals
- plastic bin
- Fill a plastic bin with paper shreds.
- Toss in a few favourite toys or stuffed animals.
- Have your child go “seek and find” the toys.
- Throw the toys back in and repeat!
Seriously, that’s it! I love the simplicity of this sensory bin.
You don’t need to put too much thought into this. You don’t need expensive sensory items. This is just a wonderful, simple activity that kids will enjoy.
For younger kids, this bin is a great way to reinforce the concept of object permanence. They see the object before it goes in, then it disappears under the paper shreds, but they are able to find that it still exists when they find it again.
It has that peek-a-boo type of factor that kids just love!
As long as this is used with supervision and the toys used are large enough not to be a choking hazard, this sensory bin is safe for use with babies and toddlers.
This activity engages the visual and tactile sensory systems. If you place the bin on the ground and your child bends over to go through it looking for their toy, then it also engages the vestibular sensory system. And the crunching of the paper can provide auditory input as well.
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