A themed sensory bin can be just the item needed to address fine motor skills through tactile sensory play
and tactile exploration with a themed twist. This mini sensory bin does just that with a starry night theme. This miniature version of a sensory bin can be tossed into a therapy bag for a fresh sensory activity!
Mini Sensory Bin Activity
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We’ve done plenty of sensory bins here on The OT Toolbox. From water sensory bin play to tactile play using mediums like rocks
, or even clay…exploring various sensations through pretend play and exploration is fun in a way that encourages fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination
, bilateral coordination, graded grasp and release, crossing midline and much more!
Check out this sensory bin
we made that is perfect for addressing stress and self-regulation.
This mini sensory bin can be used for so many underlying goal areas:
We used dry black beans as a sensory bin medium. Kids can explore and move the beans within the bin while building a pincer grasp
as they hold and manipulate individual beans. Ask the child to pick up a single bean to count or to place within the star-shaped chain links
Use the black beans to boost the essential skill of in-hand manipulation
as they hold and move a small handful of beans with in the hand. Ask the child to hold beans in their hand as they slowly drop one or a few beans at a time into the lid section of the bin. They can fill in the star chain links
while working on this skill.
Bilateral Coordination- Connect the star chain links together while addressing and improving tripod grasp, arch development, while allowing both hands to work together in a coordinated manner.
How to Make a Mini Star Sensory Bin
We used just a few materials to make this mini star sensory bin for tactile sensory input and fine motor play:
This is such a versatile and easy sensory bin to put together. Just pour 1-2 cups of dry black beans
into a bin
. Add the chain links…and play!
Looking for more sensory play that boosts underlying skills? Try these ideas:
Looking for more occupational therapy kits that can be used in a bin rotation in therapy? Here are lots of ideas: