A Complete List Of Sensory Play Items
This list of sensory play items is long, and may be difficult to store in a normal home. Pick a few to start with and go from there, you do not have to have all these items. Start Small and try something new once a month.
Black, white, pinto beans
flour, cornmeal, salt,cornstarch
cereals, cheerios, corn flakes
nuts (all varieties)
Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame)
Lake Shore beads, balls and noodles (link)
shapes, letters and numbers (link)
Speedy Snow (link)
Extra Items to Support play
Measuring cups, spoons, funnels, droppers, rolling pins, play dough tools, magnifying glass, tweezers and grabbers. Sifters, ice trays, lids, caps and cups for sorting.
Tips For Starting With the Sensory table/bin
You have to teach them how to use the sensory bin. We keep all items in the bin at all times. There is no dumping EVER! Give one warning and then take it away if they do not follow directions.
Start with something that is not messy. Black beans and spiders for example. Show them how to play and let them discover while reminding them the rules. “we keep the beans in the bin” or “beans stay in the bin”.
Teach them that we do not eat the sensory bin items EVER! They have icky germs and are not good to eat.
Have fun and let me know what works for you!