Tuesday, 26 May 2015 19:14

Sensory Bin Update

Written by  Colleen

G has been having a blast with her sensory boxes, but it was time to switch them up! I decided to make a beach box and a princess box for her.

Here's what I used for the beach sensory bin:

  • box (repurposed from previous sensory box
  • sand ($2 at the craft store)
  • seashells from my childhood collection
  • blue pom poms ($1 at the dollar store)
  • flamingo koosh toys ($1 from dollar store)
  • magnifying glass
  • plastic spoons

beach sensory bin

For the princess box, I decided to try my hand at dying the rice purple! I put 1 bag of rice from the dollar store into a large ziploc bag. Then added 1 tablespoon white vinegar and 20 drops red food dye and 20 drops blue food dye. Zip and shake until the rice is coated evenly. I laid it on a sheet pan to dry. It's a little stinky so I put it outside and it dried in about 2-3 hours.

Here's what I used for the princess sensory bin:

  • box (repurposed)
  • pink and purple poof balls ($1 from the dollar store -- I got a mixed bag and used the blue for the seashore box too!)
  • little people princesses
  • plastic spoons
  • pop beads (2 packs, $1 each at dollar store)
  • princess mirror and comb set ($1, dollar store)
  • plastic bracelets ($1, dollar store)

princess sensory bin

G loved the changes!

G using beach bin  G using princess bin



Colleen is a former Kindergarten teacher and early childhood educator turned stay-at-home mommy. She's an educational consultant with Usborne Books & More and has a passion for literacy and early childhood education! She enjoys reading and spending time with her toddler, G.