Summer Sensory Bin for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Looking for an activity to keep your toddler or preschooler busy this summer? You're going to LOVE this summer sensory bin activity. With some kinetic sand and summer toys, you're in for an afternoon of summer themed fun. Follow the step by step directions below to get started setting up your own summer themed sensory bin!

summer sensory bin

Looking for more fun sensory bin ideas? Be sure to check these other ideas perfect for summer such as ice lemon water play, rainbow rice sensory bin, ocean themed sensory bin, and this ocean soap foam activity!

Our under the sea themed taste safe sensory bin is great for toddlers that might still place items in or near their mouth. 

Children learning their letters might also enjoy making and using a sand writing tray alongside this summer sensory bin. 

Summer sensory bin ideas

Sensory bins are fantastic for stimulating a child's senses, practicing fine motor skills, and immersing them in imaginative play. There are so many fun and engaging ways to play. This summer sensory bin is no exception. It's such a fun activity for a summer day!

This activity would be so fun for an afternoon playdate in the backyard, too. Kids of all ages will have lots of fun with this summer activity.

Scroll down below to get started making your own fun themed summer sensory bin!

sensory bin ideas for summer

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Summer Sensory Bin

Summer Sensory Bin Supplies

How to setup a summer sensory bin

STEP ONE: Gather all your supplies

Before you get started with your summer sensory bin, you'll want to gather up all your supplies. It makes is so much easier when you aren't running around trying to find things! The items listed in the summer sensory bin supplies list are suggestions and the items that we used to set up our sensory bin, if you have other summer themed items around the house then gather then up and experiment with adding different items too. 

You will need to find a suitable sensory bin to add all your summer themed items to, I would suggest a shallow plastic tray or bin, but use whatever you have available. 

summer sensory bin ideas

STEP TWO: Setup your summer sensory bin

To start setting up the summer sensory bin, fill your plastic bin with sand, leaving about 1/4 of it free for the blue gems that represent the water on the beach. 

kinetic sand sensory bin

Place the blue gems as shown below.

kinetic sand summer sensory bin

Next, add the scoops, spoons, cups, drink umbrellas, and a bowl with the lei flowers inside.

summer sensory bin for toddlers

Once you've done that, add the flamingo and palm tree stirring sticks.

summer preschool sensory bin

STEP THREE: Invite your child to play

Now, it's time to play! Invite your toddler or preschooler to play in the summer sensory bin. 

As always with sensory bins that contain small parts toddlers and preschoolers will need to be fully supervised, especially any children that may put items in or near their mouth.

sensory bin ideas for summer

Optionally, you can extend play by downloading and printing our summer sensory bin cards to hide. Toddlers and preschoolers will love trying to find the different summer themed pictures!

summer sensory bin printables

Encourage your toddler or preschooler to have fun moving the summer themed items around the sensory bin. They can explore the different textures of the kinetic sand, gems and other items and get involved in imaginative play. 

You may also want to encourage your child to count out items or make patterns with the gems in the sand. 

summer sensory bin for preschoolers and toddlers

We hope you have so much fun with this summer sensory bin! Summer themed activities are so much fun this time of year -- especially in the form of sensory bins. Toddlers and preschoolers will have a blast with this one!

Summer sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers

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