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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

200 items for Sensory Bins and Sensory Tables






Here is a big awesome mega list of items that can be combined together to make hundreds of amazing and fun sensory bins, sensory boxes, or sensory tables. So next time you are making one, check this list for inspiration!! These item ideas can be used for: Sensory Bin, box, table, water table, sand table etc.

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The List!!


  1. ice
  2. water
  3. sand
  4. kinetic sand
  5. moon sand
  6. colored craft sand
  7. floam
  8. modeling clay
  9. clay
  10. play dough
  11. snow
  12. fake snow
  13. acorns
  14. sticks
  15. branches
  16. wood chips
  17. cut pieces of tree branches
  18. pine cones
  19. sawdust
  20. fresh cut grass or fake grass
  21. sod
  22. cedar chips
  23. mulch
  24. pebbles or rocks
  25. wood scraps
  26. aquarium pebbles
  27. corn starch
  28. corn meal
  29. baking soda
  30. flour
  31. jello
  32. uncooked pasta (colored or plain)
  33. cooked pasta (colored or plain)
  34. jelly
  35. popcorn
  36. corn kernels
  37. dried beans
  38. cooked beans
  39. lentils
  40. coffee beans
  41. ice (cubes, chipped, shaved, - dyed or plain)
  42. uncooked rice (colored or plain)
  43. cooked rice (colored or plain)
  44. shredded coconut
  45. oranges (some sliced and some whole)
  46. lemons (some sliced and some whole)
  47. grapefruit (some sliced and some whole)
  48. potatoes (some sliced and some whole)
  49. carrots
  50. green beans
  51. sweet peppers
  52. dry oatmeal or steel cut oats
  53. dry cereal (cheerios, fruit loops, other dry cereals)
  54. cool whip or whipped cream 
  55. loose tea
  56. potato flakes
  57. pumpkin guts
  58. nuts in their shells (for those not allergic)
  59. gum balls
  60. hay
  61. dirt
  62. coffee grounds
  63. used coffee grounds
  64. flowers (real or fake)
  65. fish aquarium gravel
  66. leaves (real or fake)
  67. water beads
  68. water polymers
  69. water
  70. shaving cream
  71. sponges (various sizes and shapes)
  72. bird seed
  73. slime (store bought or home made)
  74. gak
  75. silly putty (store bought or home made)
  76. Easter grass
  77. ball pit balls
  78. sensory balls
  79. packing peanuts
  80. sea glass
  81. marbles
  82. glass plant gems
  83. plastic gems
  84. confetti
  85. oobleck
  86. tinsel
  87. crepe paper
  88. tissue paper
  89. wrapping paper
  90. plastic fishing worms (no hooks of course)
  91. plastic animals
  92. plastic people
  93. floating toys
  94. bath toys
  95. foam bits or foam toys
  96. buttons
  97. tri-beads, pony beads, seed beads
  98. fabric scraps
  99. play silks
  100. corks
  101. pom poms
  102. ribbon
  103. yarn
  104. string
  105. craft feathers
  106. feather boas (cut into sections or whole)
  107. mardi gras beads
  108. hawaiian lei's (cut and whole)
  109. bubble wrap
  110. cotton balls
  111. bubble wrap
  112. finger paint or tempera/activity paint
  113. bells
  114. watermelon (half and slices)
  115. poker chips
  116. fake fruit and vegetables
  117. plastic Easter eggs
  118. balloons (fill with air, water, water beads, sand, spices, rice, etc)
  119. hair gel
  120. Old cd's
  121. bingo chips
  122. yarn
  123. shredded paper
  124. cellophane paper
  125. construction paper
  126. small paper squares or tissue paper squares
  127. coins (plastic or fake)
  128. tapioca pearls
  129. Indian corn
  130. Christmas lights
  131. led tea lights
  132. led finger lights
  133. bubble solution and wands
  134. batting
  135. poly-fil
  136. magazines (whole, pages.  or pieces cut) 
  137. hard boiled eggs
  138. dish soap
  139. body wash
  140. hand soap
  141. bath beads
  142. soap bars
  143. frozen veggies
  144. olive oil
  145. puzzle pieces
  146. fidgets
  147. plastic or wooden cooking utensils
  148. funnels
  149. canning funnels
  150. sifters
  151. strainers
  152. measuring cups and spoons
  153. foam letters and numbers
  154. plastic letters and numbers
  155. old costume/cheap jewelry
  156. moss
  157. garden tools
  158. turkey baster
  159. pipettes
  160. spools of thread (empty or with thread still on them)
  161. ice cube trays
  162. muffin tins
  163. tongs
  164. squeegee
  165. aluminum pie pans
  166. squeeze bottles
  167. cupcake liners (paper, aluminum, or silicone)
  168. Popsicle sticks
  169. chop sticks
  170. small containers with lids
  171. recycled food or juice containers
  172. magnifying glass
  173. spray bottles
  174. safety scissors
  175. cookie cutters
  176. plastic bowls and cups
  177. nets / netting
  178. potato masher
  179. whisk
  180. bucket and pail
  181. clothespins
  182. small plastic containers with lids
  183. dolls and doll clothing
  184. scraps cut from old clothes
  185. small stuffed animals
  186. small unbreakable mirrors
  187. empty spice jars/containers
  188. gel window clings
  189. potatoes (cut in half, slices, and whole)
  190. marshmallows 
  191. dried herbs
  192. play dishes
  193. play money
  194. baby cereal (dry or with water)
  195. tea bags and a child's tea set or plastic cups
  196. paperclips
  197. glow sticks
  198. flower or vegetable seeds
  199. small potted herbs, flowers, or veggies and some plain soil
  200. blocks (lego, wood blocks, plastic blocks, mega blocks, foam blocks, magnetic building toys, etc..)

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