A lot of sensory bins use food in them and this can be great especially if you have a toddler that puts everything in their mouths.
BUT, if you are looking for sensory bins without food as a filler than we have put together some fun ideas for you.
Check our these food free sensory bins for toddlers and preschoolers.
Sensory Bins Without Food As a Filler
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Water and mud make a great sensory experience and this simple Dinosaur Sensory play is easily adapted for in the home within a plastic storage tub instead of in the water table.
Sand works great for the dinosaur themed play as well. You can let your kids become their own palaeontologists with a simple Dinosaur Excavation Sensory bin!
Kinetic sand is another fun material to use. You can purchase it or we even a have a recipe to make our own!
With older toddlers and preschoolers why not use beads and buttons in the sensory bin. They can then pour, thread and mix.
Another mud and natural materials sensory bin is our Fairy Garden sensory bin. We love how you can add in anything you find and turn it into a little play scene.
Shaving cream is another great sensory bin filler. You can use it as is and just explore but why not combine with water beads in a shaving foam and water bead sensory bin or even add some liquid watercolours or food colouring and turn it into a colour mixing and art activity for your tots.
Playdough can be used in sensory tubs to create a scene. How about make one inspired by a favourite nursery rhyme like our Five Little Ducks Sensory tub.
More natural materials with a simple autumn inspired sensory bin. You could recreate it for spring with green leaves, flowers and the wood slices with spring words and themes on them.
If you have some cotton wool then this ice-cream sensory bin is fun to put together for your toddlers and preschoolers to play with.
Shredded paper, pom poms and moss from the craft store make this Old MacDonalds Farm Sensory bin a fun play idea that is contained easily for the kids.
That same shredded paper can be used with bugs to create a fun bug sensory bin for your toddler and preschooler too!
More Ideas for Sensory Play For Toddlers and Preschoolers
Click on the image below to be taken to our Sensory Bins and Tubs Pinterest Board with even more food-free sensory play ideas for toddlers and preschoolers.
You could also try some sensory bags for an alternative play idea
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.