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35+ Winter Sensory Bins for Kids

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Looking for winter sensory bins for your toddlers and preschoolers? Try one of these awesome winter themed and/or snow sensory bin ideas!

Winter is truly a beautiful season, especially when giant snowflakes slowly fall from the sky or the hoar frost decorates the trees.

I mean I could do without the cold temperatures, however. But when you're born and raised in Saskatchewan, you kind of just make do even when it's -40 C. You just learn to make the best of it and dress accordingly.

And on those days that are too cold to go outside, you bring a little bit of the outside world indoors. That's where these winter sensory bins come in handy. You can build snowmen and play with snow without having to put on thousands of layers of clothing.

So if you're looking to make a sensory bin for your kids this winter, try one of these awesome ideas (using real snow is totally optional by the way).

Winter sensory bin ideas for preschool and toddlers

Winter Sensory Bins

There are so many different ways to make a winter themed sensory bin for kids. You can use ice, snow (fake or real), cotton balls, cloud dough, water, rice...the possibilities are endless!

Below you'll find tons of awesome ideas that incorporate a wide variety of textures and colors. You can try replicating these ideas at home or simply use them as inspiration to make something else that suits your child.

1. Winter Sensory Bin (pictured)

2. Scented Snowflake Sensory Bin (pictured below)

3. Winter Sensory Bin with Water Beads

4. Easy Winter Sensory Bin with Packing Peanuts from No Time for Flash Cards

5. Winter Sensory Bin for Toddlers from My Bored Toddler

6. Figure Skating Winter Sensory Bin from Every Star is Different

7. Snowflakes & Snowballs Water Sensory Bin from Fantastic Fun & Learning

8. Winter Sensory Bin with Dyed Rice from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

9. Winter Wonderland Sensory Bin from Powerful Mothering

10. Frozen Winter Sensory Bin with Dyed Barley from No Stress Homeschooling

11. Winter Sensory Bin Activity from Mommy's Bundle

12. Arctic Sensory Bin with Coconut Play Dough from Adventures and Play

13. Winter Wonderland Sensory Bin from The Chaos & The Clutter

14. Winter Sensory Bin with Rice from The Iowa Farmer's Wife

15. Winter Sensory Bin with Epsom Salt from What Can We Do with Paper and Glue

16. Snowflake Sensory Bin from Life Over Cs

17. Frozen Inspired Winter Sensory Bin from There's Just One Mommy

18. Snowflake Sensory Bin from The Chaos & The Clutter

Snowflake sensory bin

Winter Sensory Bins That Focus on Early Learning

Sneak some learning - whether it's counting or literacy or something else - into that sensory bin with these fun ideas!

1. Sparkly Winter Sensory Bin with Snowflake Letters (pictured below)

2. 4 Wintry Sensory Bins for Learning from One Time Through

3. Winter Theme Alphabet Sensory Bin from The Educators' Spin on it

4. Winter Counting Sensory Bin from The Imagination Tree (pictured)

5. Letters in the Snow Sensory Bin from The Letters of Literacy

6. Word Recognition Winter Sensory Bin from Mama Miss

7. Snow Life Cycle Winter Sensory Bin from Teaching Mama

Winter themed sensory bin

Snow Sensory Bins to Try {Using Real Snow}

Too cold to play outside? No problem! These winter sensory bins involve bringing the snow indoors. Here are some fun ideas to try using real snow:

1. Arctic Small World Sensory Bin with Real Snow & Ice

2. Snow Sensory Bin {+ 6 Other Ideas to Play with Real Snow} (pictured below)

3. Digging for Colors Snow Sensory Bin from Mom Explores the Smokies

4. Snow Dinosaurs Sensory Bin from Happy Toddler Playtime

5. Real Snow Sensory Bin from Messy Little Monster

6. Snow Sensory Bin from Happy Hooligans

Snow sensory bin

Snowman Sensory Bin Ideas

Do you want to build a snowman?

I sure hope you sang that like the Frozen song. Otherwise, I'm disappointed in you...but seriously, if your kids are craving the some snowman fun, try one of these fun sensory bin ideas.

1. Melted Snowman Sensory Bin with Shaving Cream from Preschool Inspirations (pictured)

2. No Snow Snowmen Winter Sensory Bin from Housing a Forest

3. Snowman Sensory Bin from Every Star is Different

4. Winter Snowman Sensory Box {Read Along & Play} from Where Imagination Grows

5. Simple Snowman Sensory Bin from Living Life and Learning

Other Winter Activities You'll Love

Winter Sensory Bottles

Snowflake Balance Game

Free Printable Snowflake I Spy Game

Winter sensory bin ideas for toddlers, preschool, and kindergarten children

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