Sensory Bins

Sensory bins may be one of the most used things around the clinic by all disciplines. They are just so versatile and fun! Most pre-made sets are labeled as being intended for ages 3 and up. They are typically placed in a plastic bin with a filler such as rice, water beads, water, sand, beans, cereal, marbles, shredded paper, popcorn kernels, dry pasta, Easter grass, or bird seed. Then tools and a variety of objects are added to it that can either be themed or not. Here are a few ideas for use at home:

Speech & Language:  Work on following directions and/or spatial concepts by telling your child where to put an item (or who to give it to – can use people or toys around the home) once they find it in the sensory bin. You can also target flexible thinking and play skills by creating play scenarios using your imagination and the items in the sensory bin. One of our favorite things about sensory bins is that it promotes joint attention for everyone!

Fine Motor/Visual Motor: Your child can practice their fine motor skills by scooping, grasping, stirring, and pouring with a variety of tools including shovels, spoons, tongs, and measuring cups.

Sensory: All of the senses can be targeted using sensory bins! They provide sensory exploration in a fun way and can include a variety of senses: touch, sight, sounds, taste, and smell.

Gross Motor: Have your child find an item in a sensory bin and then navigate through an obstacle course. You could also place numbers and/or items that represent exercises and have them complete the exercise as they find the corresponding object.

A variety of sensory bins can be purchased through our Therapy Shop here.

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