So, what is a sensory bin? A sensory bin, is a box or bin filled with things to engage a child's senses! Sight, sound, touch- but lets stay away from taste! (parental supervision is always a good idea). They can help with motor skills, identifying objects, patterns, sorting, counting- the list goes on! It is a fun (and sometimes cheap) way to entertain and teach!
Well, I've been collecting ideas for a while now, and I finally made my son one! I searched the isles of the dollar store and collected items for his very first bin. I like the idea of theming each bin- so I tried to keep the objects within the same idea.
For $4 I got the bin, the bugs, the moss, and the plastic "grass" for this bin! He loves it. I will say- the moss is pretty messy... I wouldn't recommend it.. but the rest has been a hit with him! He sits with this for a while and plays with the bugs, touches the grass, and even does a little pretend play!
you can buy various toys (be wary of choking hazards- and again- supervise) and textures at the dollar store, or use natural bottoms like sand or dirt! I would LOVE to make a construction bin with trucks and dirt and rocks!
You want to go even cheaper?
here is another idea I plan to use soon: nature bin
-grab a bin at the dollar store (with a lid) or use one you already have!
-take your little one outside and let them collect rocks, grass, twigs, flowers, etc! They can have fun creating the bin with you, and look at it/ play with it later on. All for $1! (unless you have the bin)
let me know what you try! enjoy!