Sensory Play

Build Your Own Sensory Kit

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Does your toddler love to play with you when it’s time to cook dinner? Or maybe when you have a sink full of dishes plus a dishwasher full of clean dishes that need to be put away?

Maybe you’re ready for sensory play with a sensory bin!

There will be some training, for the kids, yes, but also for you of course! Yes, there will be some mess, and that’s ok. Embrace the mess.

Sensory Play


The Rules. Yes there are two rules that are critical for success.

  1. We do NOT EAT our sensory bins
  2. We do not DUMP our sensory bins

First give a warning.  When one of the two rules are broken give a warning, then put away the bin for 10-15 minutes.

That’s it! For your first bin, expect mistakes. Judge the maturity of your child, some are ready at 16 months, some need 24 months or more to perfect and play nicely in a sensory bin. Hopefully you’ll get at least 15 minutes of solid play time, maybe even up to an hour!


Below are the recommended tools to start your own sensory bin. Starting with something simple like rice and fewer tools will set both of you up for success. And remember adult supervision is always required!




  1. Storage bin (this one from Target would do nicely)
  2. Two pounds of rice (we’ll get into colored rice in another post)
  3. Scooping tools (we love these from Ikea or try these from Amazon)
  4. Optional: Glass jars (to see it filling) Funnels (reenforces object permanence) Measuring Cups/ Scooping Toys and/ or fun figures like small construction trucks or animals that can play/ hide in the bin.


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Best of luck and we hope that you have lots of fun with your sensory bin!! Comment below if you’d like us to share more sensory bin ideas or suggestions to make first time sensory bin play successful. We’d love to hear from you! Even if you’re not successful, remember that just like learning to eat, it’s often messy at first, but with more practice everyone gets better!!

I should also mention that storing your supplies in gallon ziplock bags, right in the bin makes clean up, and set up a breeze!


Ready to try a few more Sensory Bins?