Water Bin Play Ideas for Kids play series | The OT Toolbox

Water Bin Play Ideas for Kids play series

Here are fun water bin sensory play ideas for kids that can be used to address a variety of needs, with various themes. Kids will love these water bin play ideas!

UPDATED post:  We've combined all 10 (and added a few more) water bins to provide inspiration for great water play! Check out the links below to see all the water bins and water tables in our Play the Summer Away: Water Bin Play for kids series!

We've been hinting to our readers and followers about our big news...
We three Sugar Aunts are SO excited to share our newest collaboration with a fellow blogger.  We've been chatting with Jaime who blogs over at Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails.  Together we are going to create for you a series of Water Bin Play ideas for kids!  Each Monday during the month of July, we will share with you, a themed water bin play activity.  You'll get to check out our water bin post and then swing over to see what Jaime's take on the theme was!  How cool will that be?? Then, by the end of the series, you'll have 10 versions of cool water bin play ideas to keep the kids chilled out from the water play and the FUN!
(and let's face it...YOU will be having a little fun, too ;)
We've done a couple versions of water bin play in the past...

Water Bin Play...

 is so great for little kids to experience and enjoy.  The sensory aspect of getting their hands in the water and manipulating objects is great for brain development and sensory integration.  They are improving their fine motor skills, bilateral hand coordination, language development, problem solving, creative development, and even self-confidence!  The open-endedness of water play enables learning in endless varieties.  Consider adding math or letter concepts to a bin of water.  The child is enthralled by the sensory experience and learning happens!  Just think, all you have to do is add water and there is so much learning to experience!
We are excited to begin this series of play. Stop back each Monday to see what themes Jaime and us Sugar Aunts have been doing.  We hope you are inspired to play in the water too!
We've created a new Pinterest board related only to Water Bins. Stop by and follow along at Just Add Water: Water Bins for Kids. We'll be adding to this board each week and along the way as we find new and fun water bin play and learning activities.  

You can watch the ideas as they happen each week on
Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails: water bin play for kids  
Sugar Aunts: Water Bin Play Ideas for Kids series.

We are so excited to start playing away the summer with our water bins.  We're hoping you are inspired...we are inspired, too!
Stop by this page each Monday in July and see what we have been up to!
             Week 1: Relaxing Lavender Water Bin by Sugar Aunts
             Week 2: Island Luau Water Party Water Bin by Sugar Aunts
             Week 3: Swamp Water Bin by Sugar Aunts
             Week 4: Pool Noodles Water Bin by Sugar Aunts
             Week 5: Color Match Water Bin by Sugar Aunts

And here are links to the fun water bins over at Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails:
             Week 1: Lavender/Purple Water Bin by FSPDT
             Week 2: Beach Luau Water Bin by FSPDT
             Week 3: Swamp Water Bin by FSPDT
             Week 4: Pool Noodle Water Bin by FSPDT
             Week 5: Color Match Water Bin by FSPDT
And a few more water bins you may enjoy: