With two kiddos on the spectrum, I am always on the hunt for everything that can be used as a sensory or fidget tool. Sensory bins are a go-to in our house and they are so simple and affordable to make!
What You Need
- A bin with a lid. You choose your bin size. I purchased mine for 99 cents at Target
- Easter Grass.
- Pipe Cleaners.
- Small plastic animal toys. I purchased mine from Zhender’s in Frankenmuth, MI.
If your bin is dusty or has a funny smell, go ahead and wash it out. Dry well so nothing sticks or grows, depending on what materials you use.
Add your main material. I used 1/2 a bag of Easter grass, but you can use rice, memory sand, beans, water or whatever your little one can handle.
Add in your pipe cleaners and fuzzy balls. I only added a few of each as I didn’t want it to be too stimulating. I found pipe cleaners with different textures, made a few into snakes, and tucked them into the grass.
Time to add in the plastic toys!
I was able to make this sensory bin for about $8. When my kids start getting bored with the animals, I can easily change it with green army men or dinosaurs. The possibilities are truly endless!
Stacey is a full time stay at home mom to two, owner and creator of No Way, Mom! Her oldest, J, is 5 and her youngest, O, is 4. Both of her boys have Autism. J also has a very rare auto-immune disease, Juvenile Polymyositis. O also has Pica and food allergies. She is the proud wife of an amazing, heartwarming professional nerd! During her ‘mom time’ she works on her website, makes weighted blankets, rice relief heat wraps, crochet and makes homemade sugar scrubs. She loves all DIY projects.