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Sensory Bin 101: Tools and Storage Solutions

Welcome back to our last class of Sensory Bin 101. So far we have covered What is a Sensory Bin? as well as bases of Sensory Bins. Today we will be covering our last topic in our preschool sensory activities series. We will learn a few of the common tools that can be used in a sensory bin as well as how to store your sensory bin.

We love sensory bins as well as sensory plan and how versatile they are but trying to find the right tools for our sensory activities or even figuring out how to store them can be hard. Here are ways to help you store those sensory bottles and bins.
Sensory bin tools are simply items that you want your preschooler to use while exploring their bin. J prefers using measuring cups as well as measuring spoons. I have even tried not giving these 2 items to her in a bin because it would not make sense (think shredded plastic paper and measuring cups- its a no go) and she asked for them nonetheless.

There are however a vast number of tools that you can use in a sensory bin. These tools can enable your preschooler to practice a skill (sorting, tweezing, pouring etc).

A few common tools are:

  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • regular cups and spoon
  • tongs
  • ice cube trays
  • small jars
  • clothespins
  • bells

Also remember to add a few extras for your themed bins. Carissa from 1+1+1=1 has a few bins that are creative.

Sensory Bin Storage

Now that you know how to create a sensory bin, you need to know how to store it. I store J’s bins in 2 ways:

  1. Putting the container and all the contents on the shelf in the hallway.
  2. Removing the base and additional items and placing them in separate ziplock bags and stacking the containers on the shelf.

Lately, I have been doing the second option as it is the quickest. I simply ask her what bin she would love and then pour its contents into the container. Simple and easy peasy.

For the tools, I keep all of her favourite in a little basket in the hallway as well.

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Preschool Sensory Activities: What is a sensory bin?

Saturday 7th of February 2015

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Tuesday 3rd of February 2015

Awesome ideas! It's better to be organized and prepared than try to throw together things last minute like I usually do. Pinning!


Tuesday 3rd of February 2015

You are welcome Tricia and it does save time to ve organized.


Monday 2nd of February 2015

I love these! We put the caps of the jars in our last bin, as my toddler loves throwing things (glass included). It worked out great. Thanks for the series - it's really helpful.


Monday 2nd of February 2015

I am so happy it has helped you Menucha!