Sensory bins have been a staple in our home for two years now. Two years ago Lia was diagnosed with a speech delay and sensory processing disorder.
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After 6 months of speech therapy, 12 months of occupational therapy, and 7 months at a development center our girl caught up! In the process we learned so much!
One of the most important things we learned is the importance of sensory play. Activities to help develop our kids’ sensory systems play a key part in overall development.
An activity she always enjoyed during her occupational therapy sessions was playing with kinetic sand. Her therapist would leave it as her reward activity and she loved it.
A few weeks ago my best friend shared how she had made some sensory bins with kinetic sand and I knew I had to get some for Lia. These no-mess sensory bins are so easy to put together, inexpensive, and easy to clean! They’re so cool we have 3 bins now!
Sensory Bin Supplies:
- Scrapbook Box: You can use any plastic box with a lid. However, scrapbook boxes are shallow and easy for kids to play. Many lids come with locks like this pack I grabbed and keep everything inside extra secure.
- Kinetic Sand: I picked a few 2lbs bags of different colors to change it up. One 2lb bag was enough per 12×12 bin
- Sand Molds: This cool pack from Amazon has the tools to play and mold sand along with actual sand molds to make shapes and castles. I split them up between the bins we have so each kid gets to play.
- Small Toys: I grabbed some toys at the dollar store to keep it super inexpensive! But you can literally use anything!
These sensory bins have been a huge hit with the kids. They can sit there for what seems like hours and just play peacefully and quietly. It is one of my favorite quiet time activities for them.
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They get to do something fun while also engaging in some developmental growth. I call that a win-win! Not to mention you can just close the lid and there is no mess anywhere because it all stays inside!
Some Benefits of Sensory Play
- Cognitive Development
- Speech Development
- Fine Motor Skills Development
- Gross Motor Skills Development
- Encourages Problem Solving
- Promotes Emotional Regulation
- Promotes Self-Regulation
Hope you guys enjoy!