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Sensory Table Ideas Kids Will Love

Sensory tables are not necessarily a new concept; however, they have definitely risen in popularity in the past few years and for good reason!

If you’re unfamiliar with what a sensory table or sensory bin is, let me enlighten you.

Sensory bins are all about helping children learn about the world around them through their senses. Therefore, a sensory bin pushes children to touch and play using their imagination and senses at the same time and gain extra sensory perception.

Playing is a fundamental aspect of a child’s cognitive development.

Not just that but, sensory bins help children to learn. When a child plays, they’re not just playing, they’re learning and growing, and sensory activities are a wonderful way to enact brain function.

Sensory play is also a great way to help children who may have autism, sensory disorders, anxiety, etc. Just as a stress ball may work to calm an adult, sensory bins are a great way to calm, distract, or soothe a child.

As you can tell, sensory tables and bins are a great tool, toy, etc. to either have at home or even in a classroom. Sensory bins can be made in all shapes, size, themes, etc. You can even adjust them to work for mobile moments such as car rides.

What Do I Put in a Sensory Bin?

 

 

There are so many things you can put in a sensory bin or table. Of course, it helps to narrow down some ideas for your sensory bin. Do you have a specific theme you would like to use such as the ocean or dinosaurs? If so, this will help you narrow down what you should include in your sensory bin. You wouldn’t want to put buttons in a dinosaur bin because that doesn’t match the theme and could confuse your child when they’re learning the true concept of dinosaurs. If you don’t want to do a theme, that’s ok too!

Some filler ideas for sensory bins are:

 

There’s a lot of ideas for sensory table as long as they’re similar to those listed, it will work great.

Items to put in the tubs: If you chose a theme, choose little toys and things that are various feels and textures, to go with your theme.

Try not to go overly large with the toys but, try to change up the sizes and shapes a bit if possible.

Also, adding in a shovel, little containers to hold stuff, etc. is a must since it adds another level of fun and play.

Sensory Bin Ideas

 

 

Tips on Sensory Bins

 

Other ideas that people like to use, especially if it’s a short-term sensory bin and not something you’re looking to store is cooked spaghetti or other pasta types. Dying these pastas is also a blast and can be matched to certain holidays.

Pasta isn’t the only option other things such as natural dirt or even water is a great idea.

Anything they can stick their hands in and really feel the texture and play with.

If you’re looking for options that aren’t messy, you’ll need to construct your sensory bin around your child’s habits.Water can be messy for some kids while others have no problem keeping it in the bin.

Is it Messy?

Of course, kids can dump things and bins are easily dumpable.

You can either let them play on hardwood floor, on newspaper, have bins that are fastened to a table, wall, or floor so they don’t dump, etc.

There’s also the option of trying to use items that won’t make a mess if dumped but, then that limits their play and sensory options.

The best bet is to plan ahead for the space and items you’re using and figure out the best way to minimize a mess if anything gets dumped.

I sometimes will use a tarp or play mat that’s easily picked up and dumped in the trash or cleaned off outside.

 

Sensory Table Ideas

 

Sometimes, just getting the gears turning on ideas is all it takes to come up with sensory bin ideas for the kids you’re making it for. Here are a few sensory bin ideas I’ve gathered from other people. Of course, you don’t have to use their idea exactly however, these are a great place to get started to spur your own ideas.

Sensory Table for Toddlers

Get some extra sensory play with these sensory activities for preschoolers and younger children.

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Ocean Sensory Bin Activity for Kids

Photo Credit: www.livinglifeandlearning.com

Sensory bins for toddlers are a great way to encourage your child's interests. This is perfect if they love the ocean.

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2

Water Balloon Sensory Play

Photo Credit: www.simplefunforkids.com

A cute idea for baby sensory play.

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3

Themed Beach Sensory Table with Kinetic Sand

Photo Credit: amomsimpression.com

This would be perfect for a preschool sensory table as well as at home.

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4

Buried Treasure Sensory Activity

Photo Credit: atlantasfrugalmom.com

These makes great sensory activities for kids. But some surprise treasure they have never seen before for extra fun.

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5

Rainbow Sensory Fine Motor Skills Activity

Photo Credit: kidscrafts.craftgossip.com

This fun sensory tub is so bright and cheerful, with lots of color and texture.

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6

Bug Sensory Bin

Photo Credit: www.thebestideasforkids.com

Got a budding entomologist? Create a fun kids sensory table with lots of creepy crawlies.

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Sensory Bin

Photo Credit: protectingyourpennies.com

This would make an amazing fall sensory bin.

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Letter Matching Seashell Sensory Bin for Preschool

Photo Credit: www.naturalbeachliving.com

Looking for sensory table ideas for preschool? This fun sensory activity has some alphabet learning fun included.

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9

Arctic Sensory Bin

Photo Credit: hiphomeschoolmoms.com

Create a fun arctic or winter sensory bin.

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10

Farm Animal Sensory Table with Real Grass

Photo Credit: www.simplefunforkids.com

We love sensory ideas with natural materials. This is perfect if your child loves animals too.

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Frog Sensory Bin Preschool Activity

Photo Credit: www.theinspirationedit.com

A fun sensory play idea for nature lovers. You could teach your child all about the life cycle of frogs too and go tadpole hunting in your local area.

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Looking for more sensory activities for toddlers? Check out our HUGE post on sensory ideas for toddlers and older children. 

Overall, sensory bins and tables are  great toys that will keep children busy for long periods of time.

Further, they can be reusable and provide a great way for children to learn and grow in a plethora of aspects.

I especially like to use them when going outside isn’t possible but I still want them to be able to learn and explore.

Do you have any fun sensory bin ideas you’ve used?

Other great posts on sensory play for toddlers and children of all ages. 

And these easy diy sensory toys

 

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Sensory activities are vital for childhood development and learning. Find the best sensory play ideas here. #sensory #sensoryplay #sensorybins #sensorytable #sensoryactivities #sensorytablefortoddlers #sensorytableforpreschool

 

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