We are big fans of sensory play in our house, and since Winter is upon most of us, it’s only appropriate that we put together a Winter Sensory Bin. This DIY guide will show you just how easy and inexpensive it can be to put together your own Winter Wonderland sensory bin.
Sensory play is important for developing the senses: touch, hearing, sight, sometimes smell (think: flowers, dirt, or coffee grounds). These small bins enhance and engage the cognitive part of the child’s brain by providing an open-ended, creative, imaginative experience through play. Sensory play also supports fine motor skills, language development, and social development.
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DIY: Winter Sensory Bin
- Bin, Tupperware Bowls, or Small Sandbox. We purchased one of these My Little Sandboxes a year ago and ever since then we’ve changed the theme millions of times. The little sandboxes are the perfect size to create a sensory bin and don’t take too many materials to fill up.
- Arctic Toob or Penguin Toob or any other small arctic animals.
- Blue Sand (If you want to create an arctic sensory bin). Otherwise, skip this step and just use the other items to create a winter-y bin.
- White pom-poms (craft store)
- Blue beads (craft store) (Used to emulate water droplets; in case the snow melts)
- Clear table scatter (craft store)
- Styrofoam (can be cut into blocks to create ‘ice blocks’ or ‘glaciers’)
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