Sensory Bins & Activities 

 

 

TACTILE ACTIVITIES

-brushing varied brushes, textures, drawing with chalk on the body, and erasing with varied textures
-massage- varied oils, powders
-sensory play- water, sand, corn meal, finger paint, play doh, clay
-tactile discrimination activities- retrieving objects from closed box or hidden in rice, beans etc.
-face and body painting
-bubble baths
-body tattoos- tattoo/stickers on body parts

 

VESTIBULAR ACTIVITIES

-swinging- toddler, sling, platform, hammock, inner tube, trapeze
-jumping- pillows, trampoline, rebounder
-Bouncing- on large ball, on pillows
-rolling- in barrel, rolling up in blanket, rolling on large ball
-spinning- on chair with wheels, sit n spin toy
-rocking- rocking horse, rocking chair
-hanging upside down- off couch, off lap, from monkey bars, from trapeze bars
-climbing- on playground equipment, on designated furniture
-dancing
-walking/running/hiking
-wheeled toys- roller blades/roller blades, wagons, trikes, scooters
-riding on moving equipment- car, elevator, water bed, chair on wheels
-playground equipment- slides, teeter totter, merry-go-round
gross motor games- catch, soccer, basketball, tag, ball hockey, hopscotch

 

PROPRIOCEPTIVE ACTIVITIES

-rough and tumble play- play wrestling
-tug of war- rope or fabric
-crawling- through tunnels and boxes
-stair climbing- bumping down stairs
-pulling/pushing- weighted cart, wagon or buggy
-catching- throwing heavy weighted ball
-wheelbarrow walking
-scooter board activities
-hitting a punching bags
-pulling apart resistant toys/objects
-squishing between pillows
-squeezing stress balls
-joint compressions
-heavy exercise- push ups, sit ups
-hammering
-pounding/rolling out large play doh
-hanging from trapeze
-vibration
-massage
-gross motor activities-obstacle courses, stretching and toning exercises

TECHNIQUES TO OPTIMIZE LEVEL OF AROUSAL

-slow rocking, rocking chair, lap, sitting, prone
-slow/linear swinging
-vibration- pillow/toy
-deep pressure massage
-joint compressions
-snuggling- in a sleeping bag, in bean bag chair, in large pillows
-weighted vest or collar
-lycra spandex clothing
-rythms-repetitionof slow, strong rhythms (song or Rhymes)
-heavy lifting/carrying/pushing/pulling
-warm bath
-stress balls
-chewing- gum, fruit rollup, beef jerky, bungee cord, tubing
-sucking- candy, curly straws
-hide-out/quiet corner- with large pillows

 

ALERTING ACTIVITIES

-fast spinning
-spinning on a chair, sit-n spin
-quick bouncing- on ball/lap
-wheeled toys- quick ride on wagon,trike
-chewing ice chips
-sucking-popsicles, frozen grapes,sour candy
-drinking ice water
-tag
-cold water play
-playing loud musical instruments
-cause and effect sound and light toy

 

Sensory Play
There are so many ways to help your child with his Sensory Processing Disorder that can be fun! 

 
Texture Play
Get plastic containers large enough to let a child play in it and filled them up with things like pasta, rice, oatmeal, beans, etc. In each container, keep some plastic spoons and plastic measuring cups for scooping and playing. Be Careful it can be messy!


Finger Paint
Its so much fun to squeeze the paint in our fingers and be messy!! Paint a picture together, just you and your child. It's best to purchase paints that are washable.



Clay Play
Play with clay or Play-Doh. Let your child squish and squeeze and cover his hands.... take out rolling pin, cookie cutters ect. (see how to make play dough below)

 Water Play
Let your child play in a backyard pool, public pool,  let him take a container of water outside to play with or you could let your child help you wash your pets/car or do the dishes with you.

 

Massage
Give your child a gentle massage. Massage your child's head run your fingers through there hair if he has trouble getting his hair brushed or washed. Tickle your child's face, back or legs. Use creams/lotions and gels with different scents to no scents. Purchase feathers or a few brushes that feel different in textures that your child likes. My child for example like to be touches with one of those cooking brushes made of silicone to rub over her skin.  

Sensory Bins

Sensory Kiddos Really Enjoy Sensory Bins

How to make a Sensory Bin

 Sensory Bins are containers filled with sensory items for a child to play. "Sensory Bins" even though many of the sensory activities are in bowls, pans, pools or the floor. It's ok to make a mess.


 

What can you put in a sensory bin?


ice
water
sand
kinetic sand
moon sand
colored craft sand
floam
modeling clay
clay
play dough
snow
fake snow
acorns
sticks
branches
wood chips
cut pieces of tree branches
pine cones
sawdust
fresh cut grass or fake grass
sod
cedar chips
mulch
pebbles or rocks
wood scraps
aquarium pebbles
corn starch
corn meal
baking soda
flour
jello
uncooked pasta (colored or plain)
cooked pasta (colored or plain)
jelly
popcorn
corn kernels
dried beans
cooked beans
lentils
coffee beans
ice (cubes, chipped, shaved, - dyed or plain)
uncooked rice (colored or plain)
cooked rice (colored or plain)
shredded coconut
oranges (some sliced and some whole)
lemons (some sliced and some whole)
grapefruit (some sliced and some whole)
potatoes (some sliced and some whole)
carrots
green beans
sweet peppers
dry oatmeal or steel cut oats
dry cereal (cheerios, fruit loops, other dry cereals)
cool whip or whipped cream
loose tea
potato flakes
pumpkin guts
nuts in their shells (for those not allergic)
gum balls
hay
dirt
coffee grounds
 
mardi gras beads
Hawaiian lei's (cut and whole)
bubble wrap
cotton balls
bubble wrap
finger paint or tempera/activity paint
bells
watermelon (half and slices)
poker chips
fake fruit and vegetables
plastic Easter eggs
balloons (fill with air, water, water beads, sand, spices or rice
hair gel
bingo chips
yarn
shredded paper
cellophane paper
construction paper
small paper squares or tissue paper squares
coins (plastic or fake)
tapioca pearls
Indian corn
led tea lights
led finger lights
bubble solution and wands
poly-fil
baby cereal (dry or with water)
tea bags and a child's tea set or plastic cups
paperclips
glow sticks
flower or vegetable seeds
soil
 

 used coffee grounds
flowers (real or fake)
fish aquarium gravel
leaves (real or fake)
water beads
water polymers
water
shaving cream
sponges (various sizes and shapes)
bird seed
slime (store bought or home made)
gak
silly putty (store bought or home made)
Easter grass
ball pit balls
sensory balls
packing peanuts
sea glass
marbles
glass plant gems
plastic gems
confetti
oobleck
tinsel
crepe paper
tissue paper
wrapping paper
plastic fishing worms (no hooks of course)
plastic animals
plastic people
floating toys
bath toys
foam bits or foam toys
buttons
tri-beads, pony beads, seed beads
fabric scraps
play silks
corks
pom poms
ribbon
yarn
string
craft feathers
feather boas (cut into sections or whole)
squeegee
aluminum pie pans
squeeze bottles
cupcake liners (paper, aluminum, or silicone)
Popsicle sticks
chop sticks
small containers with lids
recycled food or juice containers
magnifying glass
spray bottles
safety scissors
cookie cutters
plastic bowls and cups
nets / netting
potato masher
whisk
bucket and pail
clothespins
small plastic containers with lids
dolls and doll clothing
scraps cut from old clothes
small stuffed animals
small unbreakable mirrors
empty spice jars/containers
gel window clings
potatoes (cut in half, slices, and whole)
marshmallows
dried herbs
play dishes
play money/
plastic or wooden cooking utensils
funnels
canning funnels
sifters
strainers
measuring cups and spoons
foam letters and numbers
plastic letters and numbers
old costume/cheap jewelry
moss
garden tools
turkey baster
pipettes
spools of thread (empty or with thread still on them)
ice cube trays
muffin tins
tongs/
magazines (whole, pages. or pieces cut)
hard boiled eggs
dish soap
body wash
hand soap
bath beads
soap bars
frozen veggies
olive oil
 

 

Sensory Bin Themes

 

Ocean and Beach

Dinosaurs

Autumn/Leaves

Halloween

Construction

Winter

Christmas

Garden

Easter/Valentine's

Space

Animals

 

How Do You Make Colored Rice For A Sensory Rice Bin?

 5 cups of rice ( for each color you want)
 2 TBSP of vinegar
 and food coloring (how much depends on how light or dark you want it)

 place all contents in a big gallon baggie (I left the air in it) to give it a way for me to combine evenly. and let dry overnight



 Fun with water beads