Easy Kindergarten Sensory Bin Ideas

Hello/Bonjour!

Fun sensory bins that children will learn from do not need to be complicated, time-consuming and expensive. We have all seen the beautiful Pinterest and Instagram worthy creations out there with gorgeous toys and hand-dyed sensory materials. I would love to play in those bins myself but as a teacher with a limited personal budget and no money from the school to buy sensory bin materials I need to find simple, cheap ideas that I do not need to spend a whole night creating. 

I love sensory bins because they incorporate different skills such as fine-motor, social, communication, co-operation, literacy and math. 

This bin is easy to create- all you need are some dried lentils or beans and some measuring tools. Even if your Kindergarten students are not yet ready to understand all the concepts of measuring and capacity, this type of play gives them a chance to use and seek comparisons between the different tools. The same center can be used with coloured water instead of dry materials. 

This bin is easy to create- all you need are some dried lentils or beans and some measuring tools. Even if your Kindergarten students are not yet ready to understand all the concepts of measuring and capacity, this type of play gives them a chance to use and seek comparisons between the different tools. The same center can be used with coloured water instead of dry materials. 

This may be one of the students favourite sensory bins- though not my favourite to have to sweep up! I like using the gloves because they are theme appropriate and they save time and mess when cleaning up their hands. I like to include plastic flowers, mini pots, and scooping tools. This would also be a fun center to add to a flower shop themed dramatic play center. 

This may be one of the students favourite sensory bins- though not my favourite to have to sweep up! I like using the gloves because they are theme appropriate and they save time and mess when cleaning up their hands. I like to include plastic flowers, mini pots, and scooping tools. This would also be a fun center to add to a flower shop themed dramatic play center. 

I thought this center was fun because it includes two ways for students to play. It is easy to create as well using a piece of fake grass, some dried lentils and whatever animals or farm toys you have in the classroom. You could also use corn kernels or some yarn for fake hay. If you do not have access to farm toys you could do a jungle theme, dinosaurs, etc just by changing the materials. 

I thought this center was fun because it includes two ways for students to play. It is easy to create as well using a piece of fake grass, some dried lentils and whatever animals or farm toys you have in the classroom. You could also use corn kernels or some yarn for fake hay. If you do not have access to farm toys you could do a jungle theme, dinosaurs, etc just by changing the materials. 

The idea for this center came out of having this camping set given to our classroom. I just added a piece of sod (I checked that no one had allergies to grass) and the toys and that was that.  Fun sensory bins do not always have to be complicated and time-consuming to create. 

The idea for this center came out of having this camping set given to our classroom. I just added a piece of sod (I checked that no one had allergies to grass) and the toys and that was that.  Fun sensory bins do not always have to be complicated and time-consuming to create. 

I created a fun pirate sensory bin to go with my dramatic play pirates set. The set comes with two different activities-find the letters and count the objects. This bin was easy to create with sand, coins, treasures and the alphabet cards.  The alphabet cards add a fun literacy element.  You can find this set here in English or French.

I created a fun pirate sensory bin to go with my dramatic play pirates set. The set comes with two different activities-find the letters and count the objects. This bin was easy to create with sand, coins, treasures and the alphabet cards.  The alphabet cards add a fun literacy element.  You can find this set here in English or French.

This was a fun winter sensory bin as students had to find the puzzle pieces and match up the words with the picture. The bin was not expensive to create, I used different coloured jewels found from the dollar store.  The puzzle pieces are from my winter write the room set, you can find the French version here. 

This was a fun winter sensory bin as students had to find the puzzle pieces and match up the words with the picture. The bin was not expensive to create, I used different coloured jewels found from the dollar store.  The puzzle pieces are from my winter write the room set, you can find the French version here

This bin is similar to the pirates one but from my dramatic play Kingdom set- a castle/fairytale themed set. This bin is also very easy to create with jewels and the alphabet cards. You can find the set here in English or in French. 

This bin is similar to the pirates one but from my dramatic play Kingdom set- a castle/fairytale themed set. This bin is also very easy to create with jewels and the alphabet cards. You can find the set here in English or in French. 

I hope that you have found an idea you can use in your classroom! 

Let me know in the comments if you have other easy ideas to share!

Thank you for reading, 

Penny