I have seen these sensory bins in preschool classes on and several blogs I read. I started this a while back with P and now I have done them with both boys. Here are some of the bins we have done.
First I started off with a large under bed box and filled it with oatmeal (I think I orinigally used a large can of cheap oatmeal, but that was more than enough). i also threw in a few cars and cups and bottles that we either weren’t using or that I saved from recycling. This was an instant hit!
The problem with this one, was the mess. I tried telling him that if the oatmeal got all out of the box, we would clean up. It just wasn’t as much fun playing when you couldn’t make a mess!
So, after some brainstorming, I realized that the sensory bins would be more fun for P and more relaxing for me if they were done outside or in the bathtub (without water).
Here is a bin I did with colored rice (he liked it just as much when we used the original rice, this just added some interest) in the bathtub. I closed the drain and just asked P to keep the rice in the tub.
Here is another bin I did in my shower. M was doing this with P for the first time. I just covered the drain, stripped them down to their diapers and closed the door. M loved it just as much as his big brother! After playing for a while, he tried to eat the oatmeal. Luckily, it was ok for him to eat and after one bite he realized this oatmeal was not fun to eat.