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Sensory play is an important part of early childhood development. It helps little ones develop their sense of touch, fine motor skills, language skills, and cognitive skills. Summer sensory bins are perfect for this time of year!
Sensory bins are a great way to encourage sensory play, and they’re pretty easy to set up. Encourage sensory exploration this summer by creating these awesome summer sensory bins! Themes include oceans, gardens, and so much more!
SUMMER SENSORY BINS
Summer Sensory Bin | The Crafting Chicks
Kids will explore sand and seashells and ocean animals with this fun bin.
Summer Flower Sensory Soup | Simple Fun For Kids
Fill a container with water and flowers and let your kids make sensory soup. Add in different containers for filling and pouring, and your kids will be entertained for hours.
Sticky Sand Sensory Experience | Fireflies and Mudpies
Fill your bin with some sticky sand and summer sand toys, and let your kids get creative!
Sand Sensory Play Challenge: Preschool Social Skills | Preschool Powol Packets
Fill a larger space with sand and let your kids decide which tools to add to their sensory space. This makes for a great child-led sensory experience.
Scented Seashell Alphabet Search Sensory Bin | The Letters of Literacy
Colored sand, coconut scent, and lots of seashells make up this fun sensory bin. Writing letters on the back of each seashell creates an opportunity to reinforce identifying the letters of the alphabet, as well.
Ocean Sensory Bin Sorting Activity | A Dab of Glue Will Do
With picture cards to match the ocean plants and animals in this bin, your kids can go on a sensory bin scavenger hunt as they sort through the bin looking for each item.
Ocean Animals Science Sensory Bin: Sight-Sound-Touch-Scent | Parenting Chaos
“This simple sensory bin is a great way to get children exploring marine life through sight, sound, touch, and even scent!” ~ Parenting Chaos
O is for Ocean Sensory Bin | Raising Little Superheroes
I love that this ocean-themed sensory bin contains sand and water just like the real thing! This is a great tactile sensory activity for your kids.
Finding Dory Inspired Sensory Bin | Frugal Momeh
If your kids are fans of Dory and Nemo, they are sure to play with this bin for hours and hours reenacting different scenes from the movies.
Sparkly Ocean Sensory Bag | B-Inspired Mama
Turn your child’s artwork into a sensory experience when you create this fun sensory bag. Then, check out all of the fun ways she uses the sensory bag to work on skills.
Ocean Sand Sensory Bin | Things to Share and Remember
Inspired by a thrift store find, this ocean sand sensory bin is perfect for small spaces.
Beach Sensory Play and Small World | Fantastic Fun and Learning
If you have a water table, you can turn it into a sensory beach! (If not, just use a large bin.) Add sand, driftwood, plastic sea creatures, and sea shells, and you let your kids explore.
Beach Party Sensory Activity Bin | Mommy’s Bundle
You may not be able to make it to the beach this summer, but you can certainly recreate one at home. See how she combined jello, cookie crumbs, and spaghetti to create the perfect ocean-themed sensory bin.
Summer Sensory Bin | The Chaos and the Clutter
With items found at the local dollar store, this sensory bin is a glittery ocean beckoning your kids to come and explore.
How to Create and Use an Ocean Sensory Bin | Jenny At Dapper House
This dry bin is a great way to incorporate many household items together to make a great ocean sensory bin. She also includes a great list of questions you can ask your kids as they explore.
Beach Sensory Bin | Here Comes the Girls Blog
The unique combination of fillers in this sensory bin make work well to recreate a beach scene. Kids will enjoy scooping and pouring as they fine tune their motor skills.
Under the Sea Pretend Play Plus Search and Find | Powerful Mothering
I love the laminated figures in this under the sea bin that sends kids on a search and find adventure.
Mini Garden Sensory Bin | The Inspired Home
Not only is this sensory bin super cute, but there’s a list of activities to inspire play.
Ivory Soap Foam Sensory Play | Little Gins for Little Hands
We’ve done the ivory soap science experiment before, but I never turned it into a sensory activity afterward. These are great ideas.
Spring/Summer Rock Sensory Exploration Bin | Artsy Momma
Send your little ones on an animal hunt with this rock-themed sensory bin.
Ocean Life Sensory Bin with FREE Printable Scenery | Life Over C’s
I’m a huge fan of this printable scenery that will be the perfect addition to your ocean life sensory bin.
Blowing Bubbles: Alphabet Sensory Bin | The Kindergarten Connection
This is so unique! Your child will love sifting through all the bubbles to school out all of the letters of the alphabet hiding among them.
Snake Sensory Bin from Moms and Crafters
A little silly string and a bag of plastic snakes will entertain your little ones for hours!
Ocean Theme Sensory Bin | Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Here’s another fun ocean themed sensory bin your kids are sure to enjoy.
Big & Small Ocean Water Bead Search | 3 Dinosaurs
I love water beads. Combine those with large and small plastic ocean animals, and kids can work on sorting by size while they explore.
Under the Sea Themed Activities | Natural Beach Living
Here’s a unique spin on ocean-themed sensory activities. Try this FROZEN sensory play.
Coconut Oil Moon Sand | Twitchetts
Squishy sand that smells like summer!
Dinosaur Activity Bin | Happy Hooligans
This is a great activity bin to set outside in the summer. Fill it with water, stones, dinosaurs, and reptiles, and your little ones can stomp and splash and roar all afternoon.
Mud Sensory Play | Jenny Evolution
I have met very few tots and preschoolers who could resist a great mud puddle. This bin is messy, but it’s worth it. Kids need to explore and get messy to enhance all of their senses.
Summer Sensory Play | Mama Smiles
I like that this activity is presented in individual baking pans so that each child can explore in his/her own way.
CVC Constellation Word Building Sensory Bin | The Kindergarten Connection
Black beans mimic the night sky. Yellow and silver stars adorned with letters of the alphabet round out this sensory bin. Kids explore the bin and search for stars that spell out CVC words.
Insect Sensory Bin | Teaching Mama
I love what she used for the insects in this summertime sensory bin!
Buried Treasure Sensory Bin | True Aim Education
The race is on to find the buried treasure hidden deep inside this sensory bin! It’s so much fun your kids won’t realize they’re learning at the same time.
Ocean Small World Play | Rainy Day Mum
Set up an ocean-themed small world for your kids. While this one can get a little messy, it’s a great way for kids to explore the beach – especially if they’ve never been to one.
Ocean Sensory Bin Adventure | Frogs and Fairies
This bin incorporates shells, water, sea life, and LEGOs! It truly is an adventure.
Duck Pond Sensory Bin | Mama Papa Bubba
This bin mimics one of my favorite carnival games. Kids will love splashing around and playing with rubber ducks in this duck pond.
With all of these amazing summer sensory bins to choose from, how will you ever decide which one to do first?