What is a Sensory Bin?

By Pediatric OT: Michele Schwartz

A sensory bin is a container with any type of sensory materials to play in!  l Iove sensory bins! Everything but the mess that is!

In the home, daycare, preschool classroom, or pediatric occupational therapy clinic for children, sensory bins are great ways to play.

What is the Purpose of Sensory Bins?

Sensory bins are a great way to increase sensory input for children (or even adults!) who crave sensory tactile input.

What Age are Sensory Bins Good for?

All ages! Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and even older children!

Who are Sensory Bins Good for?

Children with sensory processing disorder oftentimes LOVE and crave sensory tactile input. Even children with tactile defensiveness sometimes like to touch certain textures. Just remember not to push sensations on a child who does not like them!

What Should be in a Sensory Bin?

Anything! Sensory bins can be very basic from rice or water. Or many teachers and therapists have enjoyed making more intricate themed sensory bins. Even companies have started selling sensory bins!

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