Easy Penguin Sensory Bin

Are you learning about the Antarctic? These favorite flightless birds are always fun to study, who doesn’t love penguins? Visit the dollar store to create your own penguin sensory bin.

Try to create the penguins’ natural environment with snow and ice using cotton balls and gravel. These materials can be found at a low cost from your local dollar store which makes it a huge win for mom’s wallet.

You’ll love these other penguin activities for kids.

Depending on how often the kids play with it, you can recycle the materials and use them for different sensory bins.

Sensory bins are such a great way to use their fine motor skills as well as their thinking and logic skills, too. And since they’re super simple to make, you can easily make this up in a very short amount of time.

The kids will play with this for hours and be using their time to be creative as well. You’ll love being able to watch their curiosity and want to learn to grow.

Two penguins in a bin with packed cotton, and different colored rocks, teal and the white rocks in a net. Penguin Sensory Bin is typed in bold white text on top in the middle of a translucent blue rectangle.

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Easy Penguin Sensory Bin

Give your kids an invitation to pretend play by creating your own sensory bins. Even my 4th grader will join in on his sister’s sensory bins because they love the feel of the materials. It can provide a wonderful amount of imaginative play for your kids.

Will it make a mess? Certainly but lay everything out on a tablecloth or old bedsheet and it makes clean up a breeze. This is the best way to not stress out about the mess that is going to happen. Because you know it’s going to. Just lay out a sheet and let the kids start to play. You can then take the sheet outside and shake it off so that the excess is getting right out the door.

I have a rule in our house that even if it makes a mess, as long as they’re engaged and learning, it’s fine. Messes can easily be cleaned up without issues.

Be sure to check out my Easy Polar Bear Sensory Bin for another fun sensory activity for the kids.

Recommended Penguin Activity Kits

Don’t want to make your own sensory bin? Grab one of these ready-to-go penguin sensory bins from Etsy.

Recommended Penguin Books for Kids

Bring penguins alive in your favorite story about how they’re living in the Antarctic or in the city or find amazing penguin facts that your kids will love.

Combining the look of reading with fun topics is a super simple way to stretch the learning lesson. If you’re having the kids do a winter sensory bin theme, pairing that up with some fun penguin books is a great idea.

These are just a few of the books that we love but it was so hard to narrow them down. I love that we can find hundreds of books on the topic that we’re studying or playing with and the kids love it, too! There are so many cute penguin books and these are just the start.

Make sure that you encourage the kids to sit down and read at least once per day. If you can have them read for 60 minutes daily, that would be awesome! The key to getting them to read more is to have fun books that they’re going to want to read. Some of these have really cute pictures in them too which is helpful in drawing their attention.

If You Were a Penguin Board BookIf You Were a Penguin Board BookAll About Penguins: Discover Life on Land and in the SeaAll About Penguins: Discover Life on Land and in the SeaMr. Popper's PenguinsMr. Popper’s PenguinsPenguinsPenguinsBe Brave Little PenguinBe Brave Little PenguinAll Things Penguins For KidsAll Things Penguins For Kids


Two penguins with materials to make the sensory bin.

Penguin Sensory Bin Supplies

All you’ll need to get started is listed below. Just grab the simple list of supplies and make your very own penguin sensory bin.

We found all the ingredients we used here for just $1 each at our local dollar store. This is an extremely affordable activity to do.

When choosing a bin, find one with a snap on the lid so you can easily close the sensory bin up when not in use.

Sensory Bin Directions

Using a sensory bin really doesn’t have any rules or directions but there are a few things that you should keep in mind. This can help to give you guidance and the kids as well if they have any questions or needs.

Create snow and icebergs by using cotton balls

Simply bunch them up and then stack them up to create some height.

White cotton balls and white gravel stones in sensory bin

Create your snow, ice, and water

Begin by filling the plastic bin ½ full with the white gravel. These will create the base in your sensory bin. Create “waterways” by adding the blue gravel. Just sprinkle the blue in as you wish to create streams and ocean water.

Teal gravel rocks are scattered on top of the white cotton balls and white gravel rocks.

Add your plastic penguins or other arctic animals

You can place these where you wish! Penguins like to eat fish and krill if you had seals or killer whales those are the penguins’ natural predators.

Create your own penguin paradise with this simple penguin sensory bin. Two penguins on top of finished sensory bin.

Your penguin sensory bin can now be used and enjoyed. Simply cover when not in use and it will store nicely.

Create your own penguin paradise with this simple penguin sensory bin. Two penguins on top of finished sensory bin in a different angle outside a yard.

Enjoy your easy penguin sensory bin whenever you want to visit the Antarctic and explore the world of penguins.

Let the kids play with this and use their imagination. Have them talk about the sensory bin and you just might find that they create a whole scene in it as well. Using their imagination is key for playing with this sensory bin because they can make the penguins walk around, hop around, or even pretend and have them talk and have characters, too.

The great thing about sensory play is that it leaves it wide open for the kids to play with it as they want. They can talk for the penguins, move the penguins, play with the penguins, or just create a story and have the penguins be a part of it.

The options are endless with sensory play fun!

Cute Penguin Kits for Kids

These cute penguin-themed items and collectibles can be fun to use. These items will absolutely wow your kids!

Penguin Bath Bombs

Make your kids enjoy baths after playing with penguins with these penguin bath bombs. Watch the penguin bubble as your kids play and enjoy while getting squeaky clean.

Penguin Mask

Your kid will feel like a penguin hero when wearing this penguin mask. Along with the penguin sensory bin, they can involve themselves in being a penguin hero!

More Penguin Activities

Don’t miss out on these other super fun penguin activities and ideas. The kids will have a blast being able to do even more fun penguin learning. The following options are great.

Penguin Picture Books

Looking for penguin books for your little one? You must see this list of penguin picture books. Perfect reading list for early readers.

Penguin Activities for Preschoolers

There’s no such thing as too many penguin activities! They are just so cute to handle and you can squeeze in a lot of homeschool lessons with a penguin theme.

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Penguin Books for Kids

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Penguin Science Activities for Preschoolers

Penguin Rock Painting for Kids

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