New Year’s Sensory Bin

We’ve done our share of sensory bins in the past, but this New Year’s Sensory Bin was one of the simplest and most engaging ones for N.

I simply just put a whole bunch of items from our New Year‘s party in a box, and N spent such a long time exploring everything, carrying items around, and just having a blast.

 

Set up this super simple New Year's Sensory Bin for your toddler or preschooler! Simple materials you already have on hand and easy to clean up afterward.

(N was 1 year and 5 months old.)

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Materials for New Year’s Sensory Bin

  • Sensory bin. Really, anything will work that has enough room for all of your items. I had a lot of streamers and balloons but didn’t have any of our normal sensory bins on hand, so I used a large cardboard box that we use to carry groceries from the car.
  • New Year’s-related items like balloons, streamers, noisemakers, party hats, headbands, etc.

 

Set up this super simple New Year's Sensory Bin for your toddler or preschooler! Simple materials you already have on hand and easy to clean up afterward.

 

The first thing N got interested in were the ribbons that were attached to some of the balloons. He spent quite some time feeling and trying to figure out the knots.

 

Set up this super simple New Year's Sensory Bin for your toddler or preschooler! Simple materials you already have on hand and easy to clean up afterward.

 

The pretty shimmery party hats caught his attention next, and besides trying to put them on (and finally succeeding with a little help), he enjoyed babbling into them and giggling at the funny way his voice sounded 🙂

 

Set up this super simple New Year's Sensory Bin for your toddler or preschooler! Simple materials you already have on hand and easy to clean up afterward.

 

And then there were the streamers!

 

Set up this super simple New Year's Sensory Bin for your toddler or preschooler! Simple materials you already have on hand and easy to clean up afterward.

 

So many fun ways to hold them, carry them, drag them around – N explored them all 🙂

 

Set up this super simple New Year's Sensory Bin for your toddler or preschooler! Simple materials you already have on hand and easy to clean up afterward.

 

The noisemaker was another favorite. He blew into it and chewed on it until it was beyond recognition.

 

Set up this super simple New Year's Sensory Bin for your toddler or preschooler! Simple materials you already have on hand and easy to clean up afterward.

 

To finish off the activity, N decided that the box was easily big enough for him to sit in – and decorated himself with more streamers 🙂

 

Set up this super simple New Year's Sensory Bin for your toddler or preschooler! Simple materials you already have on hand and easy to clean up afterward.

 

In the end, he’d managed to remove everything from the box and take the box apart, but even though he had played with a large number of items, it really wasn’t terribly messy, and everything was easy to pick up and put back into the box once I’d put it back together.

 

Set up this super simple New Year's Sensory Bin for your toddler or preschooler! Simple materials you already have on hand and easy to clean up afterward.

 

What do you do for New Year’s Eve with your kids? Would they enjoy a simple sensory bin like this one? Leave a comment below!

 

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Here are some more simple sensory activities for toddlers you could try:

Sensory Play with Dinosaurs

Tissue Paper and Pinecones Sensory Bin

Toddler Boredom Buster with Cups and Cotton Balls

Water Balloon Sensory Bin

Popcorn Sensory Bin by Life Over Cs

Painting with Water by Powerful Mothering

 

 

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