Are you looking for great sensory bin ideas for kids? Are you looking for fun day at the beach crafts and activities? Your child will love this day at the beach sensory bin!

Day At the Beach Sensory Bin

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Day at the Beach Sensory Bin!

Do your kids like to play with sensory bins?

Sensory bins are not only a wonderful way to entertain your child, but a great way to incorporate sensory stimulation!

Sensory bins engage at least one, if not several, of the five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell or taste.

This sensory bin incorporates sight, sound and touch!

Feel the grains of rice slide through your fingers like sand, splash the blue water as your toys play in the ocean, feel the smooth shapes of the beach shells.

Sensory Bin Ideas

My kids love sensory bins!

They had so much fun with the other sensory bins that I made, that I decided to make another one!

My kids love the beach!

So I thought, why not bring the beach to them?

This day at the beach sensory bin is a great way for them to pretend play and to let their dolls and toy animals spend the day at the beach!

Day at the Beach

It was a hit!

Both my son and my daughter played with it for hours!

This is definitely a sensory bin that we will be playing with often!

Sensory Bins For Toddlers and Preschoolers

This sensory bin has something for both toddlers and older children.

My four year old loved this as much as my six year old. And I know that toddlers will as well.

Now, I do want to say that while this sensory bin is great for toddlers, if your toddler is prone to putting things in his or her mouth, be sure to keep an eye out that they aren’t putting the rice in their mouths!

How to Make the Day at the Beach Sensory Bin

First you need a bin to create your beach scene in.

Day at the Beach Sensory Bin


I use a clear plastic tub that is about 20 inches long, 14 inches wide, and 6 inches deep.

It doesn’t have to be exactly that size. Just make sure that it is large enough for them to play in without knocking out the contents, and not too deep that they can’t reach in to play well.

Also, if you have multiple children playing with the bin you want to make sure that it is big enough to accommodate everyone.

Next gather all of your beach items!

Day at the Beach Sensory Bin


Sensory Items

These are the items that I added to our day at the beach sensory bin:

Glass Gems

Rice -20lbs

Smaller Plastic bin


Mini Umbrellas (you can use drink umbrellas, or if you’d like you can make your own! Find directions to make simple mini umbrellas like mine here!)

How to Make Paper Umbrellas


Mini Towels (Directions to make your own towels below)

Beach Shells

mini beach balls (we used 2 inch splash balls like these)

Toy Fish

Miniature Barbies

Day at the Beach Sensory Bin


Before you start

Before you start assembling your sensory bin you need to make your beach towels.

I used old baby washcloths to make our beach towels. I cut them so that they would fit the miniature barbie dolls.

You can find baby washcloths here or you can use any cloth that you have on hand.

How to Assemble Your Day at the Beach Sensory Bin:

Start by adding your Glass Gems to your small plastic bin.

Day at the Beach Sensory Bin


Next position your small bin inside your large bin against one end.

Pour your bag of rice into the large bin and spread it out and around the small bin.

Then add your beach toys!

Day at the Beach Sensory Bin


Position your beach umbrellas, beach towels, shells and barbies in the sand.

Add your fish to the water along with a few shells and you’re ready to play!

Day at the Beach Sensory Bin


I hope you and your family enjoy the Day at the Beach Sensory Bin as much as we did!

Which items will you add to your Day at the Beach Sensory Bin?

Let me know by leaving me a comment below!

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