A Back to School sensory bin is the highlight of my three-year old day! She stays busy for at least an hour while I homeschool the older children. I place the sensory bin on a blanket so it makes it easy if she accidentally drops some popcorn kernels out of the plastic bin.
All of the items I purchased at our local Dollar Tree. If you haven’t been there yet, they have a lot of fun back to school supplies. However, you might want to go alone because your kids will go nuts in there. They have a huge selection of back to school items.
Items Included in Back to School Sensory Bins:
- pencils – make sure they are not sharpened
- alphabet letters – I found these in the kitchen section as magnets
- mini spiral
- kid’s scissors
- HUGE eraser
- pencil sharpener
- a lock
- big calculator
- toy bus
- magnify glass
- magna doodle
- plastic apple
- small Dr. Seuss erasers
I usually store all the themed items in a large zip-lock bag for a later date. You can simply reuse the popcorn kernels for another entertaining sensory bin. I like to switch out the sensory bins out every month.
However, I do always keep the ABC sensory bin one out for teaching phonics. On special occasions I let her play with the ABC sensory bin when she is simply playing by herself, but usually I just let her play with the abc sensory bin when we are working on letter sounds during her preschool time.
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Can you think of anything else FUN to put in the Back to School sensory bin?
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