Saturday, April 29, 2017

130+ Sensory Bin Fillers

We have done our fair share of sensory bins over the years so I thought it was time to finally compile one great big list of sensory bin fillers for kids to try.

From rice and salt to pom poms and water beads, you'll find the regular sensory bin materials and some that you might not have considered before. Regardless, this list should inspire you to change up your sensory bins on a regular basis!

Massive list of sensory bin fillers for kids from And Next Comes L

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Massive List of Sensory Bin Fillers for Kids

This list of sensory bin fillers for kids is huge! It includes both non-food and food items, but I recognize that not everyone is comfortable using food for play. So if you fall into that category, you can read more about the ways I use food for sensory play without being wasteful in hopes that you can see its benefits.


  1. Rice
  2. Oats
  3. Sand
  4. Dry pasta
  5. Barley
  6. Shaving cream
  7. Beans
  8. Pom poms
  9. Cotton balls
  10. Play dough
  11. Straw/hay
  12. Packing peanuts
  13. Chickpeas
  14. Corn kernels
  15. Rice noodles
  16. Feathers
  17. Epsom salt
  18. Water
  19. Shredded paper
  20. Cooked spaghetti
  21. Grass (fake or real)
  22. Leaves (fake or real)
  23. Cereal
  24. Salt
  25. Water beads
  26. Kinetic sand
  27. Aquarium gravel
  28. Glass stones
  29. Rocks
  30. Cocoa powder
  31. Baking soda
  32. Tapioca pearls
  33. Pudding
  34. Buttons
  35. Dirt
  36. Ice
  37. Yogurt
  38. Mud
  39. Soap foam
  40. Fabric scraps
  41. Cornmeal 
  42. Snow
  43. Coins (fake or real)
  44. Flour
  45. Popcorn
  46. Lentils
  47. Split peas
  48. Baby oil
  49. Tinsel
  50. Ribbon
  51. Spices
  52. Seeds
  53. Coffee grounds
  54. Cornstarch
  55. Frozen vegetables
  56. Vegetable peelings
  57. Herbs
  58. Jell-O or gelatin
  59. Candy
  60. Nuts
  61. Raffia
  62. Flower petals (fake or real)
  63. Potato flakes
  64. Beads
  65. Foam bits or blocks
  66. Shredded coconut
  67. Whipped cream
  68. Baby cereal
  69. Egg shells
  70. Soap shavings
  71. Corks
  72. Seashells
  73. Aloe vera gel
  74. Cut up straws
  75. Cotton batting
  76. Tissue paper
  77. Crepe paper or streamers
  78. Play silks or scarves
  79. Polyfill pellets
  80. Balls
  81. LEGO
  82. Sticks
  83. Wool roving
  84. Yarn or string
  85. Jingle bells
  86. Rubber bands or loom bands
  87. Cut up sponges
  88. Baby powder
  89. Lace
  90. Flex mesh tube ribbon
  91. Wood chips
  92. Tree bark
  93. Broken crayons
  94. Silly string
  95. Slime
  96. Bubble wrap
  97. Acrylic vase fillers
  98. Plastic alphabet magnets
  99. Milk jug lids
  100. Cut up pipe cleaners
  101. Pinecones
  102. Gift bows
  103. Water balloons
  104. Foam shapes, letters, or numbers
  105. Bingo chips
  106. Makeup sponges
  107. Costume jewelry
  108. Moss
  109. Lotion
  110. Sawdust
  111. Mini erasers
  112. Toothpaste
  113. Clay
  114. Silly putty
  115. Paper clips
  116. Plastic baby links
  117. Cut up pool noodles
  118. Plastic leis
  119. Puzzle pieces
  120. Confetti
  121. Pot scrubbers
  122. Balls of tin foil
  123. Marbles
  124. Cut up cardboard tubes or toilet paper rolls
  125. Sequins or large glitter
  126. Plastic eggs
  127. Paint
  128. Styrofoam balls
  129. Glow in the dark stars
  130. Dandelions
  131. Chalk dust
  132. Googly eyes
  133. Clean mud
  134. Floam
  135. Plastic ice cubes
  136. Pouch cap lids
  137. Hair gel
  138. Shampoo

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Massive list of sensory bin fillers for kids from And Next Comes L


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