Let’s make a filling station – an easy sensory bin activity!
Friends, I am a sensory bin addict. But it’s not just me. I have two accomplices in this: my toddler and my preschooler. They are equally as addicted, we can’t get enough, and I don’t care.
Sensory bins are awesome. If you haven’t jumped on board the sensory bin bandwagon, then let me try to get you in the game with this easy sensory bin activity.
This sensory bin was totally inspired by Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls’ amazing funnels and tubes sensory bin and this awesome funnels sensory bin from Toddler Approved. Once I saw those set ups, I knew we needed a new funnel sensory bin ASAP.
Why I love sensory bins so much
One reason that I love sensory bins is for the minimal prep. Seriously. This whole set up took me less than 3 minutes. I can’t even brew a pot of coffee in that amount of time, but I can make a seriously cool sensory bin.
The other reason I love sensory bins – they occupy my kids for an absolutely Gwen Stefani amount of time (you know, bananas). This simple Filling Station? 45 minutes. FORTY FIVE MINUTES of fun playing together and not one “but why…” question.
How this easy sensory bin came together
Like I said, this bin was a snap to set up.
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- 41 qt storage container
- IKEA funnels
- Bowls and cups (I have this set)
- Duct tape
- Corn meal
- Small storage container
I took the IKEA funnels and duct taped them to the outside of the storage container. I wanted them to hang so the kids didn’t have to juggle with them.
Worked like a charm!
I put some corn meal (about 2 lbs worth) into a shoe box sized storage container with a few scoops. Corn meal is great for sliding right through a funnel. I love it for that.
Under each funnel, I put a bowl or cup for the kids to fill.
Don’t worry about the mess – my kids are old pros at sensory bins but that took a lot of practice (which you can learn more about in my Introducing Toddlers to Sensory Bins post.)
It looks simple, but they loved it!
I can’t begin to explain how much my kids loved filling the funnels, dumping the cups, scooping the corn meal and starting it all again. I supervised their whole play time but I got to drink a hot cup of coffee and didn’t have to share a single bite of my breakfast. #momgoals.
It might be simple, but this easy sensory bin was the perfect way to play and start our day. I wonder what our next sensory bin will be…
Will you make this easy sensory bin with your toddler?