Rainbow sensory bin (3 - 4 year olds)

A sensory bin is always a good way to occupy your child while also being a great teaching tool.

Home Learning

It’s important that your child has some focused activities that they can do over the course of the day when they’re on holiday so that they (and you) are not going stir crazy. Gather together all sorts of colourful objects such as pom poms, feathers and streamers and put them all together into a tub. Place cups and bowls outside the tub and give your child a spoon for them to practice scooping up the objects and putting them into the containers. You can ask them to collect objects based on colour/size/object, etc. The language in this exercise will all depend on which objects you are wanting to use so you can extend this activity over a few days by changing the materials.

Playing with the contents of the rainbow sensory bin

Learning outcomes

  • Sensory development
  • Fine motor development
  • Language development

Key words

  • The colours of the rainbow

Ask your child

  • What different textures can you feel?
  • What shapes can you see?
  • Can you scoop up all of the blue objects from the tub?
  • How many of this object can you fit inside this cup?