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Sensory bin for toddlers

Sensory bin for toddlers
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One of the easiest and best activities for toddlers is playing with sensory bins.

For the last couple of months we have been playing with this corn meal toddler sensory bin. It is well-loved by my toddler that is surprising that I haven’t written a post about it.

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  • Corn meal
  • Foam, plastic and wooden letters
  • Shovels and scoops
  • Cups
  • Foam blocks

I started off with just a few letters in the corn meal. Baby A, just like in any sensory bin had a fun time exploring just the base (corn meal). Once she had her share of pouring and scooping, I threw in the letters and scoops.

 Some activities for toddlers to do in a sensory bin:


Scooping and pouring: Each time we filled a cup, we counted.

sensory activities

Make corn meal cupcakes : We scooped the corn meal and poured them into the cups and  added letters to the top. Each time we called out the letter aloud before adding them as a topping. This reinforces alphabet recognition.


alphabet sensory tubs

 Block Play: We built simple structures with foam blocks and hid the letters behind them.


foam blocks in sensory bins


building in a sensory bin


 Play Peek-a-boo letters: Baby A will find the letters hidden by mommy under the corn meal. Again for letters recognition.



Letter “O” play: Pouring corn meal through the hole of the letter never got old.

letters sensory bins

Simple small world: Created a simple scene with the little people and incorporated the letters in the story.

sensory box for kids

sensory tubs

  At the end of the play session we had this.

sensory activities for kids

As you can see, with our simple activities we hit several areas of learning : math, early literacy, story-telling abilities. After several play sessions, she learnt the letter “o”. All that pouring corn meal through the hole paid off.

My toddler loves sensory bins and we have played with couple of sensory bins earlier. Here is our Fall Sensory Bin an this one is our Halloween sensory bin.


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    • Hi Janet, once the kids are finished playing in the bin, I remove the props and empty the cornmeal in a sealed/air-tight plastic ( Ziploc if you are from the US) I haven’t had trouble with insects if I keep the cornmeal sealed. I always do a “smell test” before setting it out for play. Our first batch is still going strong! Thanks for reading 🙂


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