Take a peek at what we used for our simple snowman sensory bin which can be such a great toddler activity. This was super easy to put together and and provided a good amount of fun for my daughter.
She loved feeling the soft snowman and digging around the rice. It’s super fun for her to get messy with the rice.
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If I had some I would have added cotton balls. My daughter first began by touching and feeling the snowman. She wasn’t really interested in playing with him but moved onto the good stuff the rice.
She grabbed our container that holds the pom pom balls and dumped them into the bin. She then used the cup to transfer rice and balls to the smaller container and dumped them out and repeated the process.
I love sensory bins, they’re so messy but the kids love playing with them. And yes that is her in her Frozen princess dress that she’s worn almost every day since Christmas.
It’s always inevitable, kids love transferring the rice in and out of the box so do expect some mess with this, it’s will be easier for you if you’re prepared for it.
How to keep the sensory bin mess to a minimum
Place a plastic tablecloth underneath the table to catch anything that falls underneath that table.
Yes, there will be rice on the floor.
You can place the bin itself on top of a baking sheet or a table cloth as well. When I add the baking sheet all the rice gets dumped onto it so you do need something else underneath it.
Explain that rice or the sensory material is not to be thrown or it will be taken away. My kids have learned this well so their play has been contained.
I know sensory bins can be more mess than it’s worth but she had so much fun playing and this activity buys me time while I’m getting dinner together.
At least I know where she is and she’s not causing trouble in another room somewhere.
Snowman Sensory Bin Supplies
- plain rice
- snowflake ornaments
- snowflake cookie cutter
- blue and white pom pom balls
- measuring cups
- snowman ornament
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