With the holidays fast approaching, why not make a sensory bin that’ll keep your little ones entertained for hours? This way, parents can focus on cooking, organizing and everything else that comes with Thanksgiving prep.
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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we all know that we’ll have our hands full! If you’re a busy parent (just like me!) then you’ll want to make sure the kiddos are keeping busy, too. This is why I put together a Thanksgiving Sensory Bin as a way to keep them occupied while the grown ups organize a very special dinner with friends and family. The best part? It’s SO easy to put together!
How To Make a Thanksgiving Sensory Bin
Keep your little ones busy this Thanksgiving with our Thanksgiving Sensory Bin. It’ll provide hours of fun as you prepare for one the busiest holidays of the year!
What You Need:
Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable craft card at the bottom of this post.
Thanksgiving Sensory Bin Tips
What Other Fillers Can I Use for Sensory Bins?
The best part about sensory bins is that there are no hard rules. For our particular Thanksgiving Sensory Bin, we opted for uncooked brown rice. However, you can also use:
Feel free to also use a mix of these fillers. The more different types of fillers, the better!
Use Supporting Tools
When presenting your little ones with the prepared sensory bin, offer them tools so that they can further dig and play around. Tools can include:
Be Prepared for Hours of Fun
You should have seen my kiddos as soon as I announced the completion of this sensory bin. Wow! Were they ever occupied. They played for hours – screen-free, no fighting… and yes, of course, a bit of a mess. However, the mess was totally worth it!
This is your official sign that you have to put this sensory bin together for your kiddos!
Get a Bin With a Lid
Getting a plastic bin with a lid is not only lightweight, but it also allows you to clean everything up, put all contents back into the bin, and store for later use.
Not Only for Thanksgiving
We stuck with a particular theme for this sensory bin, but truth be told: you can enjoy this at any time of the year. If you’d like to stick to a seasonal theme, you can switch up the miniature plastic pieces. The pinecones, gourds and pumpkins are just SO perfect for Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Sensory Bins
- 1 plastic bin with lid
- 7 cups uncooked brown rice
- Plastic pumpkins, gourds and pinecones
- Pour rice into plastic bin
- Insert pumpkins, gourds and pinecones
- Place lid when ready to put away
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More Sensory Bin Ideas
If you enjoyed this Thanksgiving Sensory Bin then you will love these sensory bin ideas: