If you’ve been keeping tabs on my socials or blog posts, you’ve probably caught on to my obsession with sensory bins for little learners. Let’s dive into some tips for Sensory Bin Prep For The New School Year, so you can level up your interactive sensory bin adventures!

Sensory Bins

Sensory bins play a crucial role in kindergarten classrooms, serving various purposes that aid in the overall development of your little learners. Sensory bins are containers filled with materials that engage the five senses, providing an educational and therapeutic hands-on learning experience. They enhance fine motor skills through activities like scooping and pouring, support cognitive development by practicing math and literacy concepts, and aid in emotional regulation. They also promote social skills through cooperative play, communication, and collaboration in a kindergarten setting. Read “Sensory Tables For Your Little Learners” for more.

Sensory Bin Prep

First, consider your sensory bin or table. Do you already have one, do you want to buy or make one, or is there one already in your classroom? Check out my “DIY Sensory Table Bin” Whether you choose to buy or make one there are several things to consider. Space, location, and activities. Do you have space for a large or small sensory bin? Where are you going to set up the bin in your classroom? What activities are you going to have available for your bin?

Next, consider the themes that align with the seasons or curriculum topics. For instance, an autumn-themed bin could include dried leaves, acorns, and small pumpkin figurines, while a winter-themed bin might have artificial snow, pinecones, and miniature snowmen. Add academic activities that include these themes for purposeful practice while engaging in hands-on sensory learning. (“SOR Sensory Bin Activities For Little Learners” has more ideas and activities for your kindergarteners.) Think about the different textures, colors, and scents you can incorporate. Variety is key to engaging the senses. You could add materials like kinetic sand, water beads, rice colored with food dye, or even scented playdough. Additionally, include tools and containers that your students can use to explore the contents of the bin. Items like scoops, tongs, small cups, and funnels not only add to the fun but also help develop fine motor skills.


🍁Fall & Pumpkin 🎃themed sensory activity with my DIY sensory bin! Upper & lowercase letter cards and/or CVC picture cards with recording sheets. ➡️Check for allergies before using corn kernels.🍂Perfect hands-on learning for letter ID and CVC blending practice! ➡️Add in kid tweezers for extra fine-motor muscle practice! 💬Comment if you want the link for this literacy activity or the DIY Sensory Bin/Table! #kindergartenchaos #kindergarten #handsonlearning #pumpkinseason #teachersoftiktok #teachertok

♬ It’s Corn – Tariq & The Gregory Brothers & Recess Therapy

Lastly, remember to rotate the contents of the bins regularly to keep the activities fresh and exciting. I love changing the bins on a monthly basis. Changing with the monthly theme continues to reinforce the monthly activities and skills your class in working on. You can also encourage your little learners to help with the setup, allowing them to express their creativity while learning about the different materials. (Sensory Table & Bin Ideas for Kindergarten)


Let’s make a Gingerbread themed sensory bin!🤎 Use items you have from your classroom or buy inexpensive fillers from DollarTree!➡️I love these editable gingerbread themes task cards!🤎You could add letters, numbers, sight words, addition, subtraction or any skill you wish! These resource also includes optional recording sheets!🙋🏻‍♀️Who wants to check this out? P.S. my husband made this DIY sensory bin and I have the free printable directions available! #kindergartenchaos #kindergarten #gingerbread #sensorybinideas #handsonlearning

♬ Carol Of The Bells – Lindsey Stirling

By thoughtfully preparing your sensory bins, you create a rich, immersive learning environment that can captivate your little learners and stimulate their development in a myriad of ways. Happy bin building!

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