Making a Sensory Bin With Items From Around the House!

I love seeing all these super cute and creative sensory bins for kids on Pinterest, but often don’t have the materials for such a thing. I wanted to make one for my son and I wanted it to be somewhat themed for fall. I’m gonna show you how I made Braydon’s sensory bin using mostly things from around the house. It’s not the most perfect or advanced sensory bin, but Braydon loves it! Some of these things you may not have on hand and I will give you some alternatives, your kiddos will love it no matter what!

What I Used:

  • A storage container from Dollar Tree
  • Fake leaves from dollar Tree( can make your own by coloring and cutting out paper)
  • Pom Poms from dollar tree (can use cotton balls as replacement)
  • Colored pasta ( can use rice, pop corn kernels, beans)
  • Straws
  • Play dough (and play dough containers)
  • Old baby spoons
  • Old sippy cup lids

You can add things or take things out depending on what’s available to you; dollar stores have tons of little nicknacks you can use in your bin, so just be creative or do what I did and use things you already have on hand! If you want to color some pasta to use I’ve posted a recipe down below.

Pasta Dying Recipe:

  • Pasta
  • Food coloring
  • Plastic bags
  • Rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer
  • Paper towels
  • Strainer
  • Cookie sheet


You can use one type of pasta or multiple like I did depending on what you have on hand. First take 1-2 handfuls of pasta and put in plastic bag, cover with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer and add about 20-25 drops of food coloring. Make sure bag is sealed tight and shake and mix until all noodles are covered with color. Let your pasta sit in the dye mix for around 2 hours, then strain and place on a paper towel lined cookie sheet. Pat your pasta with paper towels and let sit out until completely dry! You can do this process for different colors and make a variety.

Okay, back to our sensory bin! Now that you have your base, you’re going to want to add some other textures and interesting objects. Because my bin was “fall themed” I added some fake leaves I had bought from the dollar tree; I had them on hand already for various crafts. I then added pompoms which can also be purchased at the Dollar tree, you could use cotton balls instead as this is mainly for added texture. I had some dollar store playdough that was almost dried out so added that as well, some old baby spoons and cup lids for scooping, and plastic straws for blowing the leaves around! That’s it! Braydon really loves it and I plan on changing it up based on the season. I hope this is helpful to you, and if you have made a sensory bin for your child please comment and share your ideas!



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