Skip to main content

Easiest Easter Sensory Bin Ever

My five simple steps for making the easiest (and cheapest) Easter Sensory Bin ever (AKA:  Real Life Easter Sensory Bin):

Step 1: Remove any clearly identifiable St. Patrick's Day items from the St. Patrick's Day Sensory bin leaving relevant items, such as green colored pasta for grass and green and white buttons that will now represent grass or eggs. (Stash away shamrocks, etc. for next year). (If you did not have a St. Pat's Day bin, you can make colored rice like Mama Smiles does. You could also use simple paper shreds in green or pastel colors, as you like). 

Step 2: Cut up a box of Bunny Grahams or cut out bunnies from the latest issue of Country Living that your mother sent you (or draw bunnies on a piece of paper and cut them out). Add said bunnies to the Easter bin.

Step 3: When de-cluttering the craft/art drawer, take out the Easter stickers from last year which you happened to stumble upon in the nick of time and put Easter egg stickers on the bottom of the bin to be found as the little ones hunt through the sensory bin grass. (Or buy some stickers at the dollar store if you happen to not have any on hand).

Step 4: Add in some brown rice that you spilled all over the counter and kitchen floor, since you can no longer use it to for cooking. 

Step 5: Make a mini version in case the boys do not want to share and to see if there is a preference for compartments to sort/mix things rather than one large bin. 

Finally: Set out for the boys to explore and see what items they add into the mix. 

Or, watch boys take out the playdough and dinosaurs and decide that the Easter grass works much better as a landscape for dino-play. Child-led play - priceless! (And money spent this year on Easter bin - $0.00!!) 

P.S. This is now the 4th way that we have used our colored pasta, which is really important to me since I rarely use food as a play element and the 4th time we have used the same set of buttons as well. Our pasta started in our Dollar Store Christmas Sensory Bin, then moved to the St. Patrick's Day Bin, Easter Bin and the Dino-Play Activity. The buttons began with our Christmas tree lot craft, Green Eggs and Ham shakers, St. Patrick's Day Bin and now in the Easter Bin. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Save Money Too!

Shared at: Play to Learn Blog Hop, Montessori Monday, Tuesday Tots, It's Playtime, Eco-Kids Tuesday, Artsy Play Wednesday                       

More Egg-y Fun In Time for Easter:

10 Creative Uses for Plastic Eggs
Baby Easter Sensory Play + Puppets
Mayo-less Egg Salad (w/avocado!)


  1. Don't you just love when the dino thing happens? Hilarious.

    I like how you've recycled the rice, too.

  2. Love it!!! This is the kind of thing we do at our house too!

  3. I love your free sensory bin! Great idea. I wonder if you could keep the same bin going all year? ;) Pinning!

  4. I love your festive Easter Sensory Bin. It looks like lots of fun. Please stop by and link this post to Artsy Play Wednesday.

  5. so fun! gotta love easy when you have little ones. ~mari

  6. I found your blog via True Aim's Library linky. I was following you on Google+, but I've now moved you to a mom blog category instead of "other." I was excited to see your media sites and I think sensory bins are great. My family blog is at Amanda's Books and More.
    Tina - American mom raising 4 kids in South Africa

  7. Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday!! Hope to see you again next week!

  8. I love how you keep recycling this - Earth day next?


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Happy Very Hungry Caterpillar Day: Celebrating 45 Years with Caterpillar and Butterfly Crafts from The Kid's Co-Op

March 20th is Very Hungry Caterpillar Day with celebrations and programs being held around the world to honor the 45th Anniversary of the book. 

We love The Very Hungry Caterpillar, so of course we're joining the fun. Plus, my youngest son's blog nickname is Caterpillar, after the book. Just as Wild Thing is my 4 year-old's nickname inspired by Where the Wild Things Are. 

Today, we'll be doing another Very Hungry Caterpillar Food Drive. We did our first one for Eric Carle's birthday last June and called it a Very Hungry Caterpillar Virtual Food Drive and loved hearing that the virtual part worked, as others were inspired by our online shares and also did VHC-inspired food drives.

P.S. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Virtual Food Drive post 
also features 40+ Activities Inspired by the Book, so you'll definitely want to check it out.
For our VHC-inspired food drive this time, Wild Thing will be helping me write the grocery list for food items to donate as we read the boo…

{A Season of Giving} 12 Days of Christmas: Celebrating through Giving

Stacy (the Great) of Kids Stuff World brought to my attention the 31 Days of Service/Giving Calender (and great e-book) from Mom It Forward. 

Having gotten to know Stacy really well through our joint Moms Fighting Hunger effort during Hunger Action Month, I was all too happen to jump on board and take on 12 Days of Christmas, the action prompt for Dec. 4th.

The e-book describes the prompt in this way:
Choose another family in your area to be the recipient of 12 days of gift giving. Try to think of a family that may be struggling financially, emotionally, or with health problems and might need a boost during the holiday season.E ach day, starting December 13, leave a gift anonymously on the doorstep of your chosen family. Involve the kiddos in your secret acts of service. Your gifts can relate to the “12 Days of Christmas” song verses (i.e. partridge in a pear tree, turtle doves, French hens, etc.) but it’s not necessary. Try to choose or provide handmade gifts, drawings or tre…

Ten for Tuesday: Activities for Fire Prevention Week

October 7-13 is Fire Prevention Week, so I am sharing 10 Fire Safety Crafts, Activities, and/or Books to help kids learn about fire safety and to encourage them to have some fun too! At our house, fire trucks and fire fighters always get Wild Thing excited so engaging with some new activities was a lot of fun.

1. Get Inspired through Books - We loved reading Alphabet Rescue and creating a fire truck from a juice box that we drove our letters around in, just like in the story. I have loaded up our library list with many of these other fire truck and/or fire safety books. Felix the Fire Engine gets great reviews and No Time for Flashcards has a comprehensive list of 20 firefighter books. I also have to share this great PreK Fire Safety Pack from Royal Baloo!

2. Make a Shape Fire Truck - We previously shared this great one from No Time for Flash Cards and here is another one from Teach Preschool.

3. Abstract Art Fire Trucks - Using red, black and yellow tape, Teach Preschool shares som…