Hello! I'm Tiffany from KTeacherTiff. Today I'm going to talk to you about using sensory bins in your classroom. I love using sensory bins with my students. Sensory play is great for language development, fine motor skills, and even for calming anxiety in certain students. We learn through our senses! There are so many possibilities with sensory bins. You can have them purely for sensory play, or you can make them academic. All you need is a filler and some "extras", though the extras are optional!
What do I use as filler?
In the classroom setting, I tend to shy away from things that could be extra messy, such as sand and flour. Here are some of my favorite sensory bin fillers.
I love to bring a seasonal flair by filling my bins with seasonal objects or by dying rice seasonal colors.
What extras do I add?
You can make sensory bins more than just a sensory play experience (although sensory play in itself is beneficial!) All you need to do is add some extras.
- Objects to sort by size
- Magnetic letters to match to a letter chart
- Picture cards of rhyming words to match
- Craft sticks with numbers on them to put in order
- Objects from nature to observe
Do you have sensory bins in your classroom? What are your favorite sensory bin activities?