Explore winter indoors! Put together a winter sensory bin for your toddlers and preschoolers and let them enjoy playing in a warmth of your home. We have winter sensory bins with real snow, different bases for fake snow, sensory bins to explore Arctic and Antarctic, and Frozen inspired sensory bins for Olaf, Elsa and Anna fans!
As much as kids enjoy playing outdoors during winter, especially if there is snow, they can’t spend all time outside. So, let’s bring winter inside! We have selected a large variety of ideas and surely you will find something your toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy!
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Winter Sensory Bins with Real Snow
Nothing beats the real snow! Grab any plastic bin and get outside to shovel a bit of snow and bring it inside. Your kids will enjoy freezing fun with snow!
Snow Sensory Bin – Everyday Chaos and Clutter
Diamond Dig Winter Sensory Bin – Happy Hooligans
Snow Dinosaurs – Happy Toddler Playtime
Toy Truck Traffic Jam Winter Sensory Bin – What Do We Do All Day
Painting on Snow – The Very Hungry Preschoolers
Snowy Train Sensory Bin – The Inspiration Laboratories
Indoor Snow Play – About a Mom
Snow Kitchen – Happy Toddler Playtime
Winter Sensory Bins for Toddlers and Preschoolers
When there is no snow outside, you can still prepare a winter themed sensory bin for your child. Pick one of the ideas we shared here – we selected a variety of bases for fake snow, from white rice to shaving foam!
Winter Shine Sensory Bin (rice base)
Constuction Vehicles in a Snow – Red Ted Art
Snowman Sensory Bin – Danya Banya
Easy Winter Sensory Bin (bean base) – Natural Beach Living
Pretend Snow Sensory Bin (cotton blanket base) – Mommy’s Bundle
Winter Sensory Bin (cotton ball base) – My Bored Toddler
Snow Gel Sensory Bin – Kids Play Room
Winter Wonderland Sensory Bin (shredded snow base) – The Chaos and the Clutter
Snowflake Sensory Bin (button base) – 3 Dinosaurs
Snowy Day Sensory Writing Tray – Growing Book by Book
Simple Snowman Sensory Bin – Living Montessori Now
Hot Chocolate Sensory Bin – Play & Learn Every Day
Winter Wonderland Sensory Bin (white sand base) – Powerful Mothering
Winter Snowman Sensory Box – Where Imagination Grows
Snowflake Sensory Soup – And Next Comes L
Melted Snowman Sensory Bin – Preschool Inspirations
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Explore Arctic and Antarctic in a Sensory Bin
Penguins, polar bears, reindeers and a gang are waiting for your child to join in the fun! Exploring new habitats is so much more fun when we include hands-on learning through sensory play!
Arctic Animals Snow Hunt – Fun with Mama
Penguin Sensory Bin – Mama Smiles
Arctic Animal Sensory Bin Matching Game – Life Over C’s
Penguin Sensory Bin with Frozen Water Beads – Views from a Stepping Stool
Mini Polar Sensory Bin – Fun Learning for Kids
Arctic Ice Sensory Bin – No Time for Flashcards
Easy Penguin Sensory Bin – Living Life and Learning
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Frozen Inspired Sensory Bins for Toddlers
My kids are crazy about Frozen! It was bad when Frozen was first released and now, with sequel out, it’s even worse! They added a Frozen 2 Deluxe Play Set with 10 dolls on their wishlist! Oh my! If your child is a fan as well, set for them Frozen inspired sensory bin!
Frozen Sensory Tub (ice base) – Nurturestore
Frozen Sensory Tray (pasta base) – The Gingebread House
Frozen Shaving Cream Sensory Play – Learn Play Imagine
Frozen Inspired Ice Castle Small World – Learning and Exploring Through Play
Frozen Baking Soda Dough – Learn Play Imagine
Frozen Sensory Bin – Keep Calm & Mommy On
Frozen Snow Dough – The OT Toolbox
Elsa’s Ice Palace – Left Brain Craft Brain
What Else You Can Do with Kids during Winter?
You can pick a book from a list of our favorite winter books for toddlers! Or you can put together few winter busy bags for quiet time or independent play. Kids will enjoy if you invite them to make winter themed crafts and you get to make them cheap with materials from recycle bin! Of course, there is always a choice to add more sensory play – pick few ideas with ice!
As always, enjoy the play! ♥