Make an Ocean Sensory Bin

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Make an Ocean Sensory Bin
Total Time 30 minutes or less Ages preschooler

Sensory bins are simple ways to introduce your child to a new play experience that is filled with texture.  They can be created in a large plastic tub or in smaller scale in a shoebox. The goal is to create a contained experience where free play is possible, but the mess is under control.

This sensory bin is themed for ocean fun.  It gives you the opportunity to chat about the ocean while kids are at play.

The ocean is full of so many creatures and beautiful plants. You can recreate it for your kids using this simple sensory bin that's both fun and full of learning possibilities!

*Feel free to substitute toys and textures that you already have at home or check out your local dollar store. Most of this stuff can be found there!

What you'll need

  • Colored Rice
  • Blue and Iridescent Sequins
  • Blue and Teal Pony Beads
  • Blue Foam Threading Buttons
  • Blue Shower Curtain Rings
  • Plastic Turtles
  • Fish Water Squirters
  • Plastic Toy Ocean Animals
  • Ocean Animal Erasers
  • Seashells
  • Plastic Rake and Shovel
  • Plastic Tub To Put Everything In
Helpful Tip:

Choose containers for sensory bins that have tight lids. Then the play area can be easily stored away for another day.

How to make it

  1. Step 1

    Start your sensory bin by pouring in the rice and the fillers. (The beads, sequins, etc.) You should fill the bin up at least 1/3 of the way, but no more than 1/2 full.

    Remember, the key is to keep the stuff in the bin, and not to spill it out all over everything.

  2. Step 2

    Now, add all the plastic animals. Make sure you bury a few down into the rice so your child can find them when they're playing in the bin.

  3. Step 3

    Give your child some tongs to pick things up out of the bin as fine motor skills practice, or just let them dig around with the plastic shovel. This sensory bin will provide hours of learning fun!




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