HOW TO: SUMMER SENSORY BIN

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School is out and summer is here so I’m ready to share all the warm weather and beach-themed activities! Of course that includes some sensory play. I want you to know that making a sensory bin doesn’t have to be expensive and overwhelming. It’s so easy to create one to play with at home! My go-to places for affordable sensory bin items are Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby. Grab a plastic tub or large container and let’s make an ocean animal sensory bin!

Last year I made ocean animal flashcards to pair with some figurines I found on Amazon. So this year I wanted to use them with a summer sensory activity. For this sensory bin, I used a combination of kinetic sand and water beads for my main base. I scattered the animals throughout the land and sea. I thought this would be perfect for imaginative play! For the fine motor tool I looked through our beach sand toys to find a shovel.

Please use your own judgement for determining if the activities and ideas presented are suitable for your child. Always provide appropriate supervision when implementing any ideas or activities from this website.

Water beads (Amazon)

Kinetic sand (Amazon)

Ocean animal figurines (Amazon)

Colorful seashells (Hobby Lobby)

Sand toys shovel & rake

Mini water table (Target last year)


My son loved searching for all the ocean animals and matching them with their picture cards. Grab the free printable here.


Sensory bins are a great way to encourage kids to explore. They love to learn through hands-on play. These bins are also a great way to provide an independent and quiet activity. Take a look at my other blog posts to see how I change the sensory bins every season.

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