We love combining books and activities. It’s one of my favourite ways of encouraging our toddlers and preschoolers to love reading. One of the activities we love to do is create some sensory bins or tubs inspired by the books. These simple to set up activities are great for independent exploration and fun for our toddlers and preschoolers. So here are some favourite Book Based Sensory Bins inspired by our favourite books.
Book Themed Sensory Tubs
Starting off first with our book-themed sensory bins or tubs and we have some fun ones to get you started.
Why Use Sensory Tubs with Books
Sensory tubs are fantastic at supporting your child’s development, but when you create them inspired by books you can also support their language learning and reading comprehension as well.
Provide the book alongside the simple set up sensory bin and watch your child follow along with the story as they measure, pour, move, play, and enjoy the experience.
You can find each book with a link to Amazon below the sensory bin information as well as on the article here on Rainy Day Mum with the instructions and information about setting up the bins and ideas for activities.
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Very Hungry Caterpillar Sensory Bin
Combined with one of our favourite books this simple Very Hungry Caterpillar Sensory bin is ideal for spring and summer and when learning about life cycles.
Goodnight, Goodnight, Constructions Site Sensory Tub
Goodnight, Goodnight, Constructions Site by Sherri Duskey is another favourite with the kids here and this construction sensory bin provided hours of fun for our little ones.
The Gruffalo Sensory Tub
If you love Julia Donaldson then you will love this Gruffalo-themed sensory bin. It’s got everything including a log pile house and we found our little ones retelling the story over and over again.
Stick Man Sensory Tray
Another Julia Donaldson favourite this tuff tray makes an excellent sensory tray for the book Stick Man.
Three Little Dinosaurs Egg Rescue Sensory Tub
A fantastic book and play activity for the dinosaur fans this Three Little Dinosaurs Egg Rescue Sensory Bin is roarsome fun for your little ones.
Dinosaur Dig Kinetic Sand Sensory Tray
Mixing 2 of fun themes this Dinosaur Dig Kinetic Sand Sensory Tray is messy and fun!
There Was an Old Martian Who Swallowed the Moon Space Sensory Tub
Space is another of our favourite themes to play, read and learn and this, There was an Old Martian Who Swallowed the Moon Sensory Bin is simple to set up and provided many days of play for the kids.
If you Happen to Have a Dinosaur Taste Safe Sensory Bin
I had kids that put everything in their mouths so our If you Happen to Have a Dinosaur Sensory Bin was designed so that it completely taste safe (although both hands and mouths ended up coloured!) and used up some excess food we have leftover from a party.
More Sensory Bins and Tubs
Looking for more ideas for Sensory Bins and Tubs, check out these simple ones for Nursery Rhymes below
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.