Hot Cocoa Sensory Bin

For my self-care sensory bin I wanted to use the hot cocoa breaths exercise as inspiration. I had a heck of a time putting this one together. I’d planned to use chocolate-scented kinetic sand, but I couldn’t find any sold individually! So I took the chocolate-scented sand out of my sensory box for November. Then …

Zones Check-In

I love the Zones of Regulation. Through it, Michelle Garcia Winner and her colleagues incorporate all the things I’ve learned about sensory processing, emotion regulation, and self-care. I can’t recommend the Zones curriculum highly enough for all SLPs or, really, anyone working with children. I found when using the tools from this book I needed …

Snow Sensory Bin

For my snow-themed sensory bin I got white tinsel pom-poms and added the cold-weather animals from my Terra by Battat ocean animal set (the artic animal Toob from Safari Limited could work, too). You can find the rest of my themed sensory bins here.

Holiday-Themed Sensory Bin

For my holiday-themed sensory bin I bought this foam gingerbread house. I put velcro on the back of the sticky pieces and put velcro onto their corresponding spots on the house. A hole punch worked perfectly to get the right sized velcro pieces for the smallest decorations. I then put all the house pieces into …

Food Sensory Bin

For my food-themed sensory bin I got this “Ice Cream Treats” kinetic sand pack. I got one years ago and had the hardest time keeping kids from mixing the colors/scents/flavors! This year I got the refill sand pack and let kids choose which one flavor ice cream the wanted to play with each session – …

Magic Sensory Bin

For my magic-themed sensory bin I bought an off-brand kinetic sand (which I don’t recommend because the glitter came out – I recommend the official Kinetic Sand brand glitter sand, instead) and added these plastic gems and these fairy minis. I then added the magic minis I already had, including Llama Hatchimals, unicorns, and dragons. …

Wildlife Sensory Bin

For my wildlife sensory bin I decided to use popcorn kernels (the kids love these each year and I like to use them in fall) and add wildlife minis. I’ve gathered these minis from various products, including the pets Toobs from Safari Ltd (I actually have 2 of them!), the North American wildlife Toobs from …

Alphabet Sensory Bin

For my learning-themed sensory bin I added beach kinetic sand (which is the closest to playground sand, but without the dust), Lakeshore’s Translucent Letters, and a variety of miniature items, each of which corresponds to each letter. Kids can play in the sensory bin in any way they’d like, but one of the things they …

Space Sensory Bin

July’s theme is SPACE! To go along with the theme I added black tinsel pom-poms to my sensory bin with space bouncy-balls, a moon ball, and an Earth ball (not included in the picture above). I’m very cautious about bouncy-balls and never put them into my prize box since they’re such a terrible chocking hazard …

Superhero Sensory Bin

For my Superhero-themed June sensory bin I got Goo Jit Zu Marvel Minis and put them in Orbeez (I had some individual packs that I combined, but I’ll use the big seed pack for the future). Kids love these Orbeez! I only get them once a year (because they bounce EVERYWHERE and crush into mush) …