5 Winter Sensory Bins for your Preschooler
Sensory bins are an awesome way to engage children and activate their senses. We love using sensory bins in our house for our preschool learning time. But I especially love it when I can add an extra layer of learning to the experience. Below are five winter-themed sensory bins that haven’t let us down yet!
Winter Sensory Bin for Sorting and Categorizing
Sorting and learning how to categorize items is an important foundational skill. With this sensory bin, children sort through a variety of winter and summer clothing items. Using the snowflake and sun as picture clues, children sort the clothing according to the season.
I started using these bins with my son when he was three years old. He definitely needed support, but it was an excellent learning opportunity. Here’s a video of him working through this bin and realizing that my clip art isn’t a great clue since it technically can be sunny AND cold!
Winter Sensory Bin for Number Formation
Penguins on ice allows kids to practice number identification and number formation while experiencing the perks of a sensory bin. In my winter-themed sensory bin, I used blue accent gems from the dollar store. They’re like marbles except they are flat on one side. The reminded me of ice so it was perfect for this sensory bin! I then took some snowflake foam stickers I had and threw those in as well. After hole punching the Penguins on Ice Number Cards and attaching them with a binder clip, the activity was ready to go. Using the accent gems, children have to fill in the number penguin. They should practice saying the name of the number as they work.
Winter Sensory Bin for Counting Objects
Another key math skill for preschoolers is counting objects to ten. This winter sensory bin is perfect for that! While playing Marshmallows Please, children pick a hot cocoa card and identify the number. The picture on the card will help them if they struggle with number identification. Using their large mug, they must use the cotton balls from inside their sensory bin to replicate that number.
Winter Sensory Bins for Letter Formation
Gingerbread Cookies is similar to Penguins on Ice. Children use the inside of their sensory bin to form the letters on each card. I used dried chickpeas and mini erasers in my winter gingerbread man sensory bin. I actually shared this bin in a winter sensory bin round up. It was a big hit!
Winter Sensory Bin for Letter Identification
This snowman sensory bin covers a lot of skills for our little learners. They can practice letter identification, the sequence of the alphabet and matching. After picking a letter snowball from their sensory bin, they must match it up with the correct letter on their snowman board.
If you are looking to add an academic twist to your winter sensory bins this season, then grab your copy of my Winter Sensory Bins here!
5 Winter Academic Sensory Bins
Take your centers to a whole new level with these winter-themed academic sensory bins! Practice uppercase letter identification, counting, subitizing, letter formation, number formation, and categorizing, all while stimulating the senses and having fun!
Snowy Day: Children practice uppercase and lowercase letter identification and matching with this activity. There are two options for this game, with an uppercase letter board and pieces and a lowercase letter board and pieces
Winter Clothes: Children practice categorizing clothing by season by taking the pieces and placing them under either “Summer” or “Winter”
Gingerbread Cookies: Children practice identifying letters and letter formation with this activity
Penguins on Ice: Children practice identifying numbers and number formation with this activity
Marshmallows Please: Children practice counting objects to 10. They duplicate the number on their large board with manipulatives