Easter is just around the corner, which means lots of bunnies, eggs, and chicks! I love all the pretty pastel colors and my girls love all the fun Easter crafts and activities like this easy Easter Sensory Bin.
Sensory bins are tons of fun for young children to play with, especially if you change them up with the holidays and seasons. Bins like this obviously provide sensory experiences and opportunities for open ended play, but they also encourage children to try out new vocabulary and develop oral language skills as they explore the items in the bin.
Easter Sensory Bin
One of the questions I am asked often is how not to spend too much money on sensory bin items and how to change the items out every few weeks to keep it fresh. My answer is to always check out dollar stores or the dollar section at your favorite local stores. They always have a huge variety of seasonal items and you can easily just spend a few dollars on new materials for your sensory bin.
- Bin, tray, or tub
- Fake grass or shredded paper
- Plastic eggs that open
- Pastel pom-poms (all sizes)
- Bunny erasers
- Plastic or rubber bunnies
- Fluffy chick (this one chirped)
- Tongs (optional)
All of these items listed above are easily found at most dollar stores. Allow your kids to help you pick out items for the sensory bin, allowing them to be a part of the process and letting them show you what interests them. This will also give you a good idea on what type of materials and textures they really want to try out.
Putting It All Together
Personally, I love creating sensory bins for my daughter without her help. I like that element of surprise when she sees it for the first time, it’s almost as much fun as opening a gift! I lay everything in the bin so it’s not too crowded, but filled enough that things fall out when she moves items around. I want her to really dig into her bin and explore everything that is inside.
Exploring Their Easter Sensory Bin
Invite your kids to lead you through the sensory bin and talk about the items they see and feel. This is a great way to talk about colors, shapes, and texture with preschoolers. Those amazing plastic eggs will also provide practice for those very important fine motors skills that will later be the foundation for writing, just by opening and closing them. Add some tongs for even more fine motor practice and hand-eye coordination skills.
This sensory bin is a wonderful activity that could be used all through the month of March and April. My daughter has thoroughly enjoyed adding bunnies to her eggs (another opportunity for talking about oviparous animals!) and bouncing her chirping chick around her grass.
What item do you think your kids would enjoy most in their Easter Sensory Bin?
BIO: Victoria is a former elementary school teacher and now homeschooling mom. She is the writer over at ABC Creative Learning where she shares homeschooling ideas, crafts, and family recipes. She has co-authored the book Learn with Play. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for fun educational ideas.