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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 | Kids will explore sand and seashells and ocean animals with this fun bin.
Summer Flower Sensory Soup | 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 | Fill your bin with some sticky sand and summer sand toys, and let your kids get creative!
Sand Sensory Play Challenge: Preschool Social Skills | 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 | 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 | 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 | “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 | 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 | 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 | 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.
Insect Sensory Bin | I love what she used for the insects in this summertime sensory bin!
Duck Pond Sensory Bin | This bin mimics one of my favorite carnival games. Kids will love splashing around and playing with rubber ducks in this duck pond.
Ice Cream Sensory Bin | Who doesn’t love ice cream in the summer? This ice cream sensory bin is simple to put together, and kids will have a blast scooping and exploring all summer long!
Ice Fish Play | Playing with ice fish on a sunshiney day is a perfect way to keep kids entertained. Ice fish are simple to make. Your kids will enjoy scooping them up and watching them melt.
Ocean Sand Sensory Bin | Inspired by a thrift store find, this ocean sand sensory bin is perfect for small spaces.
Beach Sensory Play and Small World | 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 | 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 | With items found at the local dollar store, this sensory bin is a glittery ocean beckoning your kids to come and explore.
Beach Sensory Bin | 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 | I love the laminated figures in this under the sea bin that sends kids on a search and find adventure.
Mini Garden Sensory Bin | Not only is this sensory bin super cute, but there’s a list of activities to inspire play.
Ivory Soap Foam Sensory Play | 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 | Send your little ones on an animal hunt with this rock-themed sensory bin.
Buried Treasure Sensory Bin | 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.
Lemon Sensory Water Play | If you’re looking for something fun to do with your preschoolers on a warm summer afternoon, this lemon-themed water play activity is a must-do.
Frozen Oobleck Sensory Play | I love making oobleck with kids, but I’ve never tried frozen oobleck! Add some frozen oobleck fish to a bin of frozen oobleck and watch your kids explore the textures.
Ocean Life Sensory Bin with FREE Printable Scenery | 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 | 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 | A little silly string and a bag of plastic snakes will entertain your little ones for hours!
Ocean Theme Sensory Bin | Here’s another fun ocean themed sensory bin your kids are sure to enjoy.
Big & Small Ocean Water Bead Search | 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 | Here’s a unique spin on ocean-themed sensory activities. Try this FROZEN sensory play.
Coconut Oil Moon Sand | Squishy sand that smells like summer!
Dinosaur Activity Bin | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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.
Ocean Small World Play | 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 | This bin incorporates shells, water, sea life, and LEGOs! It truly is an adventure.
Under the Sea Jello Sensory Bin | All you need to set up this slipper, slimy, tasty sensory play activity is a couple of simple ingredients, a few ocean-themed plastic toys, and time for your kids to explore.
Alphabet Ice Boats for Outdoor Summer Fun | Beat the summer heat and work on letter recognition with these fun alphabet ice boats! They’re simple to make, and kids will have so much fun exploring they won’t realize they’re learning, too.
Resources You Can Use to Create These Sensory Bins
With all of these amazing summer sensory bins to choose from, how will you ever decide which one to do first?