Exploring the senses is a fantastic way for tots to investigate the world around them and we can help support that by creating sensory bins, boxes and trays for them. Here we have some of our favourite themed sensory play ideas for toddlers and preschoolers that you can easily set up at home.
Simple Sensory Play Ideas For Toddlers and Preschoolers
When ideas are simple and easy to set up as well as being easy to contain they are one of our favourite sensory play ideas for toddlers and preschoolers.
Sensory Bins, Boxes and Trays
Book and Nursery Rhyme Themed Sensory Bins
If you love nursery rhyme play activities then our Incy Wincy Spider themed sensory bin is ideal. It’s easy to set up and you can reuse the rice time and time again.
One of our favourite children’s books is The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. Inspired by that book we have a very easy sensory bin that you can set up. Find out how to make the Gruffalo Sensory Bin here.
Another book we love is The Very Hungry Caterpillar and we created our own simple Very Hungry Caterpillar Themed Sensory Box that our toddler and preschooler love to play in.
Why not try some of our Food-free Sensory Bin Ideas for Toddlers
Themed Sensory Bins for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Our Toddler put EVERYTHING in their mouths so this taste safe dinosaur sensory tub was ideal to set up and play with them. They loved squishing and squashing inside it.
Our Arctic themed sensory bin is a great idea we’ve got a special tip that makes the sensory bin filler cold! Do check it out for some polar themed fun with your toddlers and preschoolers.
Another of our favourite themes is SPACE and this out of this world space sensory bin with glow in the dark stars made with dyed chickpeas is really easy to make. We love how those chickpeas could be used for other activities as well.
Bring the beach inside with our Beach Themed Sensory Tray ideal for some Under the Sea and Ocean Themed Fun for kids.
From the beach to the ocean this Taste Safe Ocean Sensory Bin has edible oceans and taste safe beach another taste safe idea for toddlers and preschoolers.
More Themed Sensory Bins For Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Summer Themed Sensory Bins for Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Fall sensory table from Happy Hooligans
- ABC sensory bin from 3 Dinosaurs
- Magic Sand in a sensory tub from There’s Just One Mommy
- Fall sensory bins from A Beautiful Ruckus
- Dried Bean Sensory Table from Craftulate
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