Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Winter Sensory Bin

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This winter sensory bin idea for toddlers and preschool aged kids is so easy to put together. Plus, it works on fine motor skills too!

When you live in Saskatchewan and you don't get any snow in November and December, it's extremely unusual. Sometimes that means we have to get a bit creative when the kids are desperately wanting to play with snow.

This simple winter sensory bin is a quick and easy solution to explore winter through sensory play, without having to rely on using real snow.

It's just another classic dump and play style sensory bin - like most of my other sensory bins - meaning you can be set up and ready for sensory play in mere seconds.

I also love that this sensory bin is a great way to work on fine motor skills.

Winter sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers

Winter Themed Sensory Bin: What You'll Need

Like I mentioned above, this winter sensory box is so simple! Simply dump all of the materials into a large plastic container and start playing. No extra set up is required!

Here's what we used for this sensory activity:


Winter sensory bin ideas

This Winter Sensory Box is Perfect for Toddlers & Preschoolers to Work on Fine Motor Skills

I always like to set the fine motor tools outside of the sensory bin for the kids, but you can toss them in too, if you'd like.

Fine motor winter sensory bin

The scissor tong things have been a favorite for my kids for years! So it is no surprise that my youngest K went straight for them. He wanted to scoop up all of the "snowballs."

Preschool kid working on fine motor skills with a winter sensory bin

And he liked to use them to chomp the snowmen's heads. Unrelated, but check out those eyelashes on K! And the shirt he's wearing seems fitting too...(it says official hot chocolate taster)

Preschool kid working on fine motor skills with a winter sensory bin

He also liked to pick up the different snowflakes with the scissor tongs. However, it wasn't long before he ditched the fine motor tools for some bigger tactile sensory exploration.

Preschool kid working on fine motor skills with a winter sensory bin

He would pick up armfuls of snowballs and drop them to let it snow!

Winter sensory bins for toddlers

Winter sensory bins for toddlers

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Easy winter sensory bin activity for toddlers, preschool, and kindergarten kids to work on fine motor skills

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