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

Desert Sensory Bin

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Desert 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!


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!

This sensory bin actually combines a craft with the sensory bin.

To make our desert sensory bin even more creative and fun we first made cactus popsicle stick crafts!

Popsicle Stick Crafts


Cactus Craft

So I decided to create a sensory bin that would give the kids a great place to play with their desert animals in.

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 Desert Sensory Bin

First you need a bin to create your desert sensory experience in.

Desert 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 desert items!

You don’t have to use exactly the same toys and items that we used.

Desert Sensory Bin


Sensory Items

These are the items that I added to our desert sensory bin:

Rice -20lbs

Cactus Popsicle Stick Crafts

Stones or Rocks

Desert animals

Desert Sensory Bin


How to Assemble Your Desert Sensory Bin:

Start by adding the rice to your sensory bin.

Next we positioned the stones and animals in our sensory bin.

And finally we added our cactus popsicle stick crafts!

Desert Sensory Bin


Now that your desert sensory bin is complete it’s time for sensory play!

I hope you and your family enjoy the desert sensory bin as much as we did!

Desert Sensory Bin


Which items will you add to your Desert Sensory Bin?

Let me know by leaving me a comment below!

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