Here’s how to create a snow and ice winter sensory bin:
- Start by putting a few absorbent towels down on the play area.
- Find a large plastic tub (see-through is better for observation, but even a large roasting pan will work.)
- Fill the bin at least halfway with fresh snow. If it hasn’t snowed (or may never snow in your climate!) you can fill the bin with standard ice cubes, or prepare in advance by filling a few food storage containers with water and then freezing them. Just pop the ice out and into the bin. Combine big and small ice cubes to make different size “icebergs”. For extra fun, pour a few drops of food coloring into the water before freezing. When the icebergs melt, the colors will flow together and make some beautiful “runoffs”. (If you’re using snow, you can add a few drops of food coloring to your snow as well and enjoy the same results.)
- Add some scooping, pouring, and measuring tools to the bin such as measuring cups & spoons, sand shovels, and liquid measuring cups. Tongs are great fun too and really work those fine motor muscles!
- Add some of your children’s favorite plastic action figures and animals.