These 24 Sensory Bins For Toddlers Are Perfect For Playtime
While past generations may have written off toddlers' toy time as "just playing," today we know how essential play time is for kids' development. And recently, sensory activities and sensory bins in particular have gotten a lot of attention for being so good for toddlers' brains.
Sensory play focuses on activities that engage your child's senses: sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. Sensory activities help kids to develop motor and language skills, foster cognitive growth and social development, and encourage experimentation, reports the Mayo Clinic.
Sensory play can be pretty intuitive. A toddler making mud pies or banging on pot lids could be a sensory activity. But if you want something that's a little easier on you as a parent, sensory bins are where it's at. These playful kits are filled with rice or beads and include toys, shapes, and tools to engage and excite your toddler. And they're designed to contain the mess to a single bin — phew.
We gathered together 24 sensory bins for toddlers that will keep your little ones entertained while building their brainpower and buying you a few minutes of quiet. Talk about a win.
— Additional reporting by Andi Breitowich
Robot Sensory Bin
Robot Sensory Bin ($35)
This handmade kit was created by a pediatric occupational therapist. Your tot will use the included tongs and tweezers for grasping, building, and scooping colored rice, wooden "gears," sparkle balls, jewels, mini robots, and loads more.
Montessori Sensory Bin
If your toddler could spend hours digging and playing pretend kitchen, then they will love this Montessori wooden sensory bin, featuring scoops, cups, chopsticks, and pots for your kid to experiment with.
Ocean Shore Sensory Bin
Go under the sea with this fun bin, featuring a "beach" with sand, animals, and rocks and an "ocean" with water beads, fish, sharks, and more.
Construction Zone Sensory Bin
It's a toddler-size construction zone! This bin is perfect for mini builders; they can play with trucks, a sand roller, a shovel, construction signs, and more.
Outer Space and Aliens Sensory Bin
Go out of this world with this second outer space–themed sensory bin, including aliens, space explorers, stars, and space rocks.
Construction Site Sensory Bin
If your toddler is ready to get to work, this construction kit will have them shoveling and building all day long. The kit comes with sensory sand, rocks, pinto beans, construction vehicles, signs, cones, and more!
Playfoam Sensory Bin
The supersoft fluffy texture of this kit is perfect for developing fine motor skills and tactile play. Don't worry, the playfoam never dries out, so your kids can scoop, roll, dig, and pour day after day.
Camping Sensory Bin
Camping Sensory Bin ($34)
It doesn't get much cuter than this bin, which includes s'mores, kayaks, deer, and mini pine trees. Little ones will love playing with the animals and roasting marshmallows in a bin of lentil beans and colored chickpeas.