Looking for an activity that you can set up leave and have your children return to time and time again. Then a simple sensory bin is ideal. They are simple to set up, you can theme for different times of the year, and can be as simple or as complex as you like. This simple Easter Bunny Sensory Bin is ideal for spring and Easter and you can set up and store to keep as long as you want as it won't spoil. So here you go a quick and easy Easter Sensory Tub for your toddlers and preschoolers you can set up at home.
Spring Sensory Bin
When you think of spring I'm sure like us you think of rabbits and eggs, our fields are filled with hopping rabbits at the moment and the birds are busy in the trees collecting materials for their nests. So this spring sensory play idea is idea, the cute carrots add a little extra to the fun.
Although water, soil and other materials can be use, with the weather still temperamental and wanting to set this up inside instead of using messy materials we used some green shredded paper or Easter grass as the bin filler. This means that compared to some other ideas it's relatively easy to set up.
As we set this up for an individual child to play with or 2 sharing the space we used just a small storage bin of course you could use a much bigger one and fill with more packets of Easter grass so that larger groups could share if you use in an education setting.
Setting up your Easter Sensory Tub
I like to set up the sensory tubs away from my kids so as to surprise them with them. When ever I buy tubs I make sure they come with a lid, this means I can store and switch out with others that will match the theme.
Materials for your Easter Sensory Bin
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- Easter grass
- Plastic Easter Eggs
- Plush Easter bunny
- Small bunnies
- Artificial carrots
- Green pom poms
- Pastel vase filler foam balls
- Sensory bin
How to Put together your Spring Sensory Tub
- Add the Easter grass to the plastic storage bin and spread out evenly.
- Place the soft Easter Bunny and decorative carrots around the sensory bin.
- Add in the small bunnies and green pom poms.
- Finally, place some of the foam balls and plastic Easter eggs around randomly.
Leave it set up for your child to explore. You may want to add some of the book recommendations below nearby to extend their play and imagination further.
Extension Ideas for Learning through Play
Why not hide some letters in the sensory bin, work with letters within their names first and then other letters in the alphabet as your child starts to learn them.
Split the eggs up and ask your child to match up the colours, say the colour or show them the colour, can they find a ball of the same colour to hide inside.
Fill the eggs with different numbers of objects and get your child to count out the objects and rehide them inside, can you order these number eggs?
Easter and Spring Books to Extend the Sensory Play & Learning Further
I have found that when I leave a basket of books near the sensory bin whether it's on a table or the floor nearby that my kids will not only play in the trays but when they spy the books they will also explore the books and engage further.
Here are some of the books that I recommend and have put alongside the sensory bin.
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit Story Board Book by Beatrix Potter is a shorter more toddler-friendly version of the classic tale in a board book format so great for them to sit and flip the pages of themselves.
- The Itsy Bitsy Bunny by Jeffrey Burton a fun tale of the itsy bitsy Easter bunny and its friends in spring.
- Spring by Gerda Muller a beautiful picture book that follows a family through spring, we recommend getting the set and even with older children, we have used it as prompts for creative writing.
- When Spring Comes by Keven Henkes we love how this book explores the changing of seasons from winter to spring.
More Simple Easter Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Why not combine the sensory bin with some other Easter and Spring themed activities with your toddlers and preschoolers.
- Practice numbers and counting with an easy DIY Carrot Patch maths game
- Colour and dye eggs with shaving cream
- Make some delicious no bake Chocolate Krispie Nests