Sensory Bins for Hands-On Homeschooling

Multisensory activities are an effective way for kids to learn. All children need some time for creativity and hands-on learning on a daily basis. Sensory bins can be a great way to achieve those purposes.

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What is a Sensory Bin?

A short definition is: a box or container of some sort with a filler material (sand, beads, rice, etc.) and objects/toys that usually center around a theme. The kids can dig in, discover, scoop, pour, and use their imaginations while playing and learning. The theme can go along with a unit study, a favorite book, a season, favorite toys, or anything to engage your child’s interests.

You can teach almost any subject in a hands-on way with sensory bins, even letter sounds for instance.

This book covers the basics if you’d like to read more:

Don’t be afraid to make your own sensory bins for your homeschool. It works great with delight-directed learning because you can really choose any theme and make a sensory bin to go along with it. When we were doing an ocean study, we made this ocean-themed sensory bin with dollar store supplies. The bins don’t have to be fancy to be well-loved and useful.

ocean theme DIY sensory bin

There are tons of great DIY sensory bin ideas here:

20 Sensory Bins Girls Will Love

20+ sensory bins for girls. Adorable themes, including ponies, flowers, princesses, and more! Perfect for hands-on homeschooling. heartandsoulhomeschooling.com

If you’re not convinced that you need sensory bins in your homeschool, you need to read this:

5 Reasons Every Homeschool Should Use Sensory Bins

Using sensory bins throughout your homeschool classroom will be a great way to help get your kids the hands-on education they need. It gives them an easy outlet to use their hands while learning, and allows them the sensory opportunity that many children need to truly understand concepts.

5 Reasons Every Homeschool Should Use Sensory Bins

{Read more about Learning Styles in this post.}

So if you’re ready to get started making your own sensory bins now, check out this great list of the best supplies to use in your sensory bins. You may even have some of these things around the house already!

Sensory Bin Supplies | DIY Sensory Bins | The best supplies for sensory bins | Sensory bins for fine motor skills, for special needs like autism, and for homeschool unit studies.

Basic Supplies for Sensory Bins

White Rice

Green Split Peas

Food Color

Water Beads

Pom Poms

Assorted Buttons

Foam Shapes

Pony Beads

Foam Beads

Measuring Spoons

Measuring Cups

Rubbermaid Storage Container

Sea Shells

Cotton Balls

Plastic Animal Toys

Muffin Pan

Toy Shovel Set

Fine Motor Tool Set

Wooden Craft Sticks

Kinetic Sand

We have used all of these sensory bin supplies at one time or another. They’re excellent for building fine motor skills in little ones, sensory play for those with special needs like autism, and complementary learning for homeschool unit studies.

Do you use sensory bins in your homeschool?





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