We actively use our sensory bin in our classroom. We change it out weekly and use it to reinforce various skills: math and literacy concepts, fine motor, co-operation and problem solving. Our students return to the sensory bin throughout the week, and we love coming up with new activities to put in it.
This is an open center- students can self-regulate and visit the sensory bin at any time. We incorporate learning into in some way- it can be about social, math, literacy or science skills. We usually do not introduce the sensory bin or its contents to our students, instead we let them explore what we have put together for them.
Here are a few examples of what we have done in the past. Let me know what your favorite sensory bin set-up is in the comments!
Keeping it Simple
Sometimes we like to keep our sensory bins really simple, and they are some of our most popular bins! Water and our marble run set was a huge hit, and it was so simple to set up. Pompoms, water and toys was another popular choice.
Some weeks we just put out some simple items that students can build with. These straws and connectors provided endless fun, but the only work for us was dumping the materials in the bin! You don’t have to spend a ton of time and money to put together your bins, have fun with them.
For some of our sensory bins, we put out materials that will focus on a literacy skill. We have worked on letter recognition, beginning sounds, CVC words, anything that we have noticed our students need a bit of extra work on.
The CVC word linking bin is an activity that is available in my store:
You can use a variety of literacy manipulatives and activities in your sensory bin. Combine them with fun sensory or fine motor items for some great hands-on learning experiences.
You can also focus on your students’ math skills in your sensory bins. We have used these cards and recording sheets to reinforce number recognition, ten frames and tallies.
I made a set of 10 of these themed math sets:
As with your literacy sensory bins, you can add any manipulatives to incorporate a variety of math skills. This spring bin can reinforce number recognition, adding, subtracting, estimating, sorting, fine motor skills, and much more!
Science and Wonders
Students can explore different science topics in your sensory bin! We base what learn about on our students’ wonders, so we try to extend their learning to all areas of the classroom.
Our students love coming in every week and discovering what we have put inside of our sensory bin, it is an amazing way to engage them in their learning.
What are your favorite items to put in your sensory bin? Tell me in the comments!