Winter sensory bin ideas
Bundle up and get ready to jump into our 15 winter sensory bin ideas with how-to videos.
The best part about these sensory bins is that one of the only things you’ll need to purchase for most of these ideas will be the bin (if you don’t have one already).
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Winter sensory bin fillers
Winter is my favorite time to do sensory bins! Check out these beautiful and fun options for winter sensory bin fillers that you can either find around your home, grab from outside, or buy for cheap.
These fun winter-themed sensory bins will help your family keep busy indoors and burn off a little bit of that sugar rush.
Winter sensory bins using filler supplies you already have
These winter sensory bins are great for the whole family this holiday season! If you want to keep your family busy, but don’t necessarily want to put on 50 layers and bundle up to do it, these sensory bins are perfect for you.
Where can I find the filler supplies for these winter sensory bins?
These winter sensory bins are so affordable and easy to make because they all use stuff you already have around the house, or that you can grab for cheap on your next trip to the grocery store.
Your family could even do a little scavenger hunt for any materials around your home that you already have to make these winter sensory bins.
Winter sensory bin inspiration and ideas for sensory bin fillers
Dive right in for some winter sensory bin inspo! Whether you want to make a snow sensory bin, a sensory bin inspired by some yummy winter treats, or even a beautiful winter wonderland sensory bin, we’ve got some great ideas for you with these easy and cheap winter sensory bins with how-to videos.❄⛄
Winter snow sensory bins
- Let it snow sensory bin
Bring the fun of playing in the snow and making a snowman inside with this super cute let it snow sensory bin.
2. Snowman sensory bin
What’s better than a snowman sensory bin? Playing in this adorable snowman sensory bin, which includes a letter tracing activity, will have your family feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
3. Winter sensory bin with actual snow!
This snow sensory bin literally uses snow as the base! If you’re like me, you’ll need to find a taste-safe snow recipe, like this snow dough to pretend you have real snow instead. Either way, this sensory bin is perfect for the winter season!
4. Fake snow sensory bin
Just using some cotton balls and some winter decorations from around your home, let your family pretend they are having some fun in the snow while staying inside with this fake snow sensory bin.
5. Snow letter hunt sensory bin and activity
Start by mixing baking soda and water to get the base for this “snow” sensory bin. Add some alphabet letters, and you’ve got a snowy letter hunt sensory bin that will keep your kids entertained for hours.
Winter treats sensory bins
These sensory bins that were inspired by winter treats will warm you from the inside out. Try out these yummy-looking sensory bins, including a hot cocoa sensory bin, a baking sensory bin, and more!
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1. Hot cocoa sensory bin
This hot cocoa-inspired sensory bin is so cool! Some of the fillers for this hot cocoa sensory bin use real food, so you’ll want to be mindful about removing the materials in a timely manner when you’re done.
2. Marshmallow fake snow sensory bin
Grab some containers, some giant marshmallows, and a few snowman books to really make this “snow” marshmallow sensory bin come to life.
3. Cranberry sensory bin
This unique sensory bin uses water, oranges or orange slices, and cranberries. If you’re worried about the water in this bin making a mess, grab a big towel and put it down first to make clean up easy.
4. Baking sensory bin
Keep an eye out for winter-themed cookie mix bags to go on sale, and grab a few when they do for this sweet baking sensory bin.
5. Candy cane sensory bin
How cool is this idea for a candy cane sensory bin? Use a chalkboard or some paper to make this sensory bin a counting or math activity, too!
Winter wonderland sensory bins
Whether you know there’s more snow up in Colorado than your roof will ever see, or your backyard looks like an actual winter wonderland, your family will love these beautiful and fun winter wonderland sensory bins.
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What if we want to use the sensory bins outside?
If you want to get bundled up and brave the cold weather to continue playing outside this winter, I found a cool option you could try instead of the typical sensory bins that live on the floor. Have you heard of a children’s sensory table?
Sensory bin table
This children’s sensory table is a perfect option to take your sensory play outside this winter. Plus, it has a lid to keep the nested sensory bins covered when you’re not using them!
- Ice skating sensory bin
Using just water, food coloring, and glitter makes this ice skating sensory bin come to life! How awesome is that?
2. Silver and white winter-themed sensory bin
This pretty winter wonderland of a sensory bin uses three different textures to let your child explore what lots of different textures feel like in this silver and white winter-themed sensory bin.
3. Winter “meadow” sensory bin
Dying the rice green is the only work you’ll need to do in advance to make this winter meadow sensory bin. After it’s dyed, let the rice dry overnight and add your fillers to get started with this winter meadow sensory bin.
4. Pinecone sensory bin
Using either real or store-bought pinecones and pine needles, put together this unique and fun pinecone sensory bin that’s great fun for all ages.
5. Winter wonderland sensory bin
Rice is already a common sensory bin filler, but, to spice it up, add some glitter or confetti to the rice base to make the filler for this sensory bin look just like snow!
By now, you’ve got lots of inspiring ideas to choose from for your next winter sensory bin. You can even come back here to watch the how-to videos that are already all in one place for you!
Which winter sensory bin ideas are you most excited to try this holiday season? What other winter sensory bins do you recommend? Comment below! I look forward to talking with you in the comments! For everything homeschool, we can PlanIt! ♥
Safety tips and words of caution
All materials you choose for your sensory bins should be nontoxic and should not be of a size or material that could cause choking or other dangers. Monitor anyone using a sensory bin closely, especially young children.
The general recommendation for sensory bin age-limits is no younger than eighteen-months-old, with materials within the bins including other water, sand, and fixed plastic objects (something they can’t pinch their fingers in, for example). If the toys can fit inside and slide through a standard toilet paper tube, they are too small for babies and toddlers, and should not be included in your sensory bins.
Rules for Keeping Sensory Play Safe
A great tip for young children is to make sure their bellies are full and that they’ve eaten a meal in a place that is separate from where the sensory bin play occurs before using the sensory bin, which can help reduce the desire for children to want to eat the sensory bin’s contents. If you struggle with this, try to switch out your base material for food or something that is food-safe and okay for the child to go ahead and eat. Keep your rules for sensory play consistent.