Simple Water Sensory Bin for Toddlers
Simple Water Sensory Bin for Toddlers
Sensory bins are a perfect way for toddlers to learn and explore their interests in the world. This Simple Water Sensory Bin is the ultimate summer sensory bin, because your toddler can get as wet as he wants in the hot weather!
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Camden is just starting to be old enough to make sensory bins for playtime with him. I like the idea of sensory bins because they keep him entertained in a (sort-of) contained way, and they encourage his learning. Learning through play is so important, and I’m enjoying sensory bins as a way to cultivate that.
This Simple Water Sensory Bin is perfect for the (finally) warmer weather. We can take it outside to play and enjoy, and the mess doesn’t matter.
If you want to play with a Water Sensory Bin inside, just have your toddler play with it in the bathtub. That way, whatever spills out stays in the bathtub and you don’t have any cleanup. Plus, when you’re done, you can just pour the water down the drain and you’re done!
This Water Sensory Bin is part of our summer bucket list, and Camden loved it so much that he keeps asking to play with it every day!
A sensory bin is just a bin or tub of items that all focus on one specific theme. They can be themed by bin filler, such as water, sand or foam. Or they can be themed by the items inside of them, like dry textures, wet textures, or things that scoop and pour!
Sensory bins are great ways for your toddler to explore different materials and textures, and they’re a great learning experience. Plus, they’re usually relatively easy to set up, store and take apart. And they often are filled with normal items that you can find around your house!
Find a tub (such as a Rubbermaid clear plastic container) and fill it 2/3 of the way with water.
Then add things that your toddler can use to pour, scoop, splash and swirl the water with.
Some of the things I included were:
If you want, you can color the water to make it even more fun. But I’d make sure your kiddo is playing in just a diaper or even naked in the tub, because food coloring could stain clothes! You can use bath water coloring tabs, too!
We took our bin outside to use, so that Camden could splash and make a mess and it wouldn’t matter.
I also brought out a metal cookie sheet too, so he could use it as a splash pan. Or, as you can see in the picture below, he could use it as a drinking pan. Haha!
Then I just sat back and watched him explore! His favorite things this time were anything he could scoop and pour water out of. He spent most of his time pouring water all over the porch, off the side of the porch, on me (I wasn’t paying close enough attention, haha!), and anywhere else he could think of to pour it.
To me, the best thing about sensory bins is that your child will play and learn new things every time they use it, even if you’ve changed nothing. Last time Camden loved all of the items that scooped and poured. But next time, he might love playing with all the things that stir, sink or float!
Sensory bins are fabulous because they provide your child with a chance to choose what interests them. They are great for child centered learning activities!
This is such an easy sensory bin to make, and it’s just as easy to change up.
Whatever items you put in it, just put different ones in the next time! You can even let your toddler go through some of the kitchen drawers and choose items to put in the bin!
Nature is another place to find items to put in the bin. Sticks are great for stirring and splashing the water, and rocks of different sizes are fun as well.
Have you made your toddler a sensory bin before? What are your favorite sensory bin themes? Is there one you’d like to see me create for you?