A sensory bin looks like a lot of potential mess for many teachers, and yes sometimes they do make a lot of mess, but they are also a key ingredient to a calm room. They offer children a chance to explore textures, chat with fellow students, and for some get those sensory needs met while squishing, feeling, and squeezing the fun items in the bin. This Easter sensory bin is filled with interesting tactile experiences as well as opportunities to count, fill, scoop, and pour.
I teach at a Lutheran Church affiliated preschool, so as you can imagine Easter is a big deal in our classroom. That said you could easily change this Easter sensory bin by swapping out the bunnies and eggs and popping in some baby animal figurines and flower shapes silicone cups. What I hope you all do is to use these spiky balls and smooth glass gems together because the contrast in texture is so much fun to explore. This sensory bin is best for children who are not eager to explore with their mouths, there are small parts, and if your students are still in the habit of mouthing items, you might want to try our rainbow gelatin sensory tub instead — no choking hazards with that one.
Gather your materials. You will need some spiky balls ( Easter section of Walmart), smooth glass gems, some easter eggs, fun silicone molds ( also, Easter section of Walmart), scoops, and some bunny figurines ( these are from the Dollar Spot).
Pop everything in and explore!
Sensory bins should have a variety of textures, interesting colors, tools for scooping at pouring, as well as small containers to fill. I love these little silicone molds because children love using them to count and fill!
Scoops offer children a chance to work on hand-eye coordination.
My students love to fill these little molds and count while doing it.
And the Easter eggs are perfect for filling and spilling!
Make this for your class, and you’ll see how quickly they think of wonderful ways to explore.