Looking to up your stocking game this year? Or just need an idea that won’t break the bank? We’ve got you covered with these sensory bin stocking stuffer ideas! Not only are these stocking stuffers affordable, but they will give you the tools to create fun sensory bins for your child over and over.

Why Sensory Bins?

Not only will sensory play entertain your child for hours on end, but it’s also a fun way to allow your child to learn through natural exploration and discovery. We know that children learn best when they can see, smell, touch, and even hear something and sensory bins are the perfect way to create meaningful learning while engaging the five senses.  

Sensory bins also create fantastic language learning opportunities for little ones, as they can provide new vocabulary exposure and allow children to compare similarities and differences between objects.  

Want a language building tip? While your child is playing with their sensory bin, sit next to them and narrate what they’re doing while they’re doing it, OR dig in yourself and narrate what you’re doing. Children learn language by connecting with us and listening to our models, so by narrating what is happening you are building important speech and language skills!   

Sensory Bin Stocking Stuffer Tools

Sensory bins allow children to learn and explore through their senses, but when paired with tools like the Helping Hands Fine Motor Tools or the Primary Science Mix and Measure Set from Learning Resources they also allow children to develop essential fine motor skills. I’d call that a win-win.

You can find these tools here:

Includes: Gator Grabber Tweezers, Handy Scoopers, Twisty Droppers, Squeezy Tweezers.

Includes: Scale, 3 self-standing spoons, 6 uniquely designed measuring cups, activity cards guide children in making mystery goo, puffy paint, slime, and more.

Sensory Bin Stocking Stuffer Fillers

The thing I love most about sensory bin fillers is that you can get as creative as you’d like, or you can use things you most likely already have at home.  My idea.put small amounts of each filler in a container in the stocking, and store the rest away! That way your child can get excited about the small amounts of things within their stocking without getting into everything all at once.  I chose to use small, plastic mason jars to make them extra cute….and bonus it’s an adorable, cohesive way to store these later on!

Some of our favorite ideas for sensory bin fillers:

What about the bin?

No specific bin is needed for these sensory bin stocking stuffers!  If you have a table made for sensory play….great!  If not, don’t sweat it.  You can use any sort of container, bin, or bowl you have around the house.  One tip though, just make sure it’s not breakable!

So now go grab those Learning Resources sensory tools, some fillers, and sit down and relax!  These stocking stuffers will be done in no time, and are guaranteed to provide your little one with hours of fun.