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Winter Preschool Sensory Activities: Sensory Bin

Who’s ready for some Frozen preschool sensory activities? I’m sure you’re your kids must be as obsessed with Elsa and Anna as my daughter is or you wouldn’t be here right now.

Ok I will be honest, I actually went a little sensory crazy for this week and ended up with several Frozen preschool sensory activities. I created a few bins for this lesson plan and I may actually give Jael a few more because she loved them that much.

Frozen Preschool Sensory Activities- Winter sensory bin

Sensory play is huge in our house. Here is a Frozen themed sensory bin which was just one of our frozen preschool sensory activities for this week.
I have a love-hate relationship with our preschool sensory activities in particular sensory bins. I love the joy and fun that my kids have with it but I hate the cleanup and the mess. I am very happy with my vacuum and keep it handy.

Before attempting this bin, ensure that you have a vacuum nearby for quick clean up. You have been warned.

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 Sterilite 16558010 28QT Storage Box McCormick Culinary Blue Food Coloring, 16 oz. Ziploc Storage Bags Quart 24 Count box Prepworks by Progressive Ultimate 19-Piece Measuring Cup and Spoon Set Barley – Pearl – 1 resealable bag – 1 lb


Christmas silver decoration


  1. Place 1 cup of the barley in the Ziplock bag and
  2. Add 10 drops of food colouring as well as 1 teaspoon water.
  3. Shake vigorously in order to distribute the food colouring evenly.
  4. Leave ziplock bag overnight to dry.
  5. Add the coloured barley to the container as well as the plain barley and add the silver decoration as well.
  6. Next place a measuring cup, measuring spoon and anything else you think your preschooler will love to play with.

Sensory play is huge in our house. Here is a Frozen theme sensory bin which was just one of our preschool sensory activities for this week.

Don’t forget to check out the Winter Preschool/ Pre-k Pack for extra activities for math and language building!


Once I gave J the go ahead, she ran happily to her bin. She practiced her pouring and scooping skills by using her measuring cup and spoon. She also practiced counting- she counted each scoop of barley she poured into her cup.

I even overheard her talking to her little brother and telling him this is her sensory bin and that he can play with it. I even got invited to play with her. There is something about hearing my daughter say the words, “Mommy play with me please?” that melts my heart.

Sensory play is huge in our house. Here is a Frozen theme sensory bin which was just one of our preschool sensory activities for this week.
J played with her bin for almost 2 hours and once again we had to negotiate with her and tell her she could play with it tomorrow.

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