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.

7 Ideas for Sensory Tray, tables and bins for tots to explore and investigate

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

Incy Wincy Spider Sensory Bin set up for toddler sensory play
Incy Wincy Spider Sensory Bin

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.

Gruffalo sensory tray set up for play
Sensory Tray set up for a Gruffalo Themed Sensory Play Activity

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.

toddler playing in a very hungry caterpillar themed sensory box
Toddler playing in a Very Hungry Caterpillar Themed Sensory Box

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

setting up a dinosaur sensory bin for toddlers that put everything in their mouth
Taste safe Dinosaur Sensory Tub

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.

More Dinosaur Themed Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers.

Polar Bear Sensory Tub
Polar or Arctic Themed Sensory Tub for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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.

Space Theme sensory tub made with coloured chick peas and glow in the dark stars
Space Themed Sensory Tub for 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.

More Space-Themed Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Quick and easy to set up sensory bin for preschoolers to explore, learn and use for retelling favourite ocean-themed storybooks.
Using Sand to bring the beach to sensory play

Bring the beach inside with our Beach Themed Sensory Tray ideal for some Under the Sea and Ocean Themed Fun for kids.

edible small world play
Taste Safe Ocean Sensory Bin

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.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.


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