Fine Motor Bin Rotation System | The OT Toolbox

Fine Motor Bin Rotation System

Quiet bins are a tool that can be used in the classroom or at home. Many people use quiet bins as a way to hold an organized fine motor activities, visual motor activities, and other activities for kids. Many times teachers are looking for a center activity that can be used with a small group in the classroom that students can do individually or as a small group.  Fine Motor Bins or quiet bins can be used to address certain needs or learning objectives while the teacher is working with another small group of kids.  Below, you'll find ideas to set up and organize a fine motor bin rotation system in schools.

So often teachers asked therapist for ideas that work on school learning objectives while incorporating fine motor skills or visual perception skills that are needed for handwriting and reading. Busy boxes and quiet bins are one way to address this need. Therapists can create bins that address many different underlying skill areas. 



Fine Motor center ideas for a fine motor bin rotation system in the school classroom, therapy clinic, or home.





Fine Motor Bin Rotation System

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Try using these quiet bin ideas to incorporate goal areas for one or many students in the classroom. Many times, therapists are trying to meet the needs of one student in a push-in model of school-based therapy while encouraging development of fine motor skills of the whole classroom. A therapist that is pushing into the classroom can address specific needs while encouraging development that other kids need to progress on as well.

Fine Motor center ideas for a fine motor bin rotation system in the school classroom, therapy clinic, or home.

How to set up a fine motor bin rotation system

Quiet beans can be used in the classroom in several different ways. Try using these ideas to set up a quiet bin or fine motor bins for the classroom or home:

  • Use plastic bands like shoe boxes from the dollar store, cardboard shoe boxes that parents can send in, gallon size storage freezer bags, or other reusable type of box or bags. 
  • Each fine motor bin can be set up with a specific theme or activity. 
  • Consider making a quiet bin that works on specific fine motor skills like tripod grasp, open thumb seb space, intrinsic hand strength, or finger isolation. 
  • Incorporate learning objectives such as math, color matching, English language arts tasks, or math skill areas into fine motor bins by attaching numbers, words, or symbols to pipe cleaners or clothes pins.
  • The ideas in this video are just one way to set up quiet been easily that can be used by many different students. 


Rotating fine motor bins in the classroom

One way that teachers can use these quiet bins is by having an area in the classroom where they can easily and quickly grab a bin and set up a small group of students. 


If the occupational therapist has a storage room available, quiet bins can be set up on shelves with a check out type of system. Teachers can then go to the storage area grab one or several quiet bins, mark their name on a check out sheet, and use those quite bins in their classroom for a week or longer. They can then return the quiet bins and check out additional quiet bins as needed. 

Another idea for therapist to set up a quiet been system is to use a rolling cart. This is great for the therapist that doesn't have a storage area or a space in the school available for hauling fine motor bins around the school. If a therapist has set up fine motor bin activities using gallon size storage bags, a rolling cart would be a nice way to keep these tidy and organized so that all teachers can easily sort through and grab the storage bins that they need. 

Therapists can educate teachers and personnel about the rotation system as well as the underlying fine motor skill areas that each activity bin promote. 


Students will love the rotation system of quiet bins as well because they can try out a variety of different hands on activities with the new and fresh activities that they may not have experienced before. This can help them to grasp learning and play while working on underlying skill areas.

Students can even be trained in using the fine motor bins to independently check out activities.


Have you used quiet bins or fine motor bins to address skills like pencil grasp, cutting with scissors, clothing fastener management, or any other fine motor skill areas?

Click on this video link to watch quiet been ideas that are set up real quick and can be used over and over again by many different students.

Fine Motor center ideas for a fine motor bin rotation system in the school classroom, therapy clinic, or home.

If you are looking for a variety of quiet been ideas that can be used in the schools check out this easy digital e-book that shares quiet been ideas for the entire year. There are ideas for fine motor and quiet bins ideas in this book that therapists can use to get great ideas to incorporate into the classroom or home environment.


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