This Recycling Sensory Bin is perfect for Earth Day, learning about recycling, or community helpers. It is a quick and easy sensory bin to put together!
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I love creating fun sensory bins for my kids. It is a fun way for them to explore, use their imaginations, and work on their fine motor skills.
This recycling sensory bin is an easy activity to set up for Earth Day. If you need more Earth Day ideas be sure to also check out this Recycling Activity for Preschoolers and How to Melt Crayons in the Oven (repurpose old crayons).
📋 A Note about sensory bins
Please note that adult supervision is required for sensory bins as they contain small pieces that could be a choking hazard.
💭 Why should kids use sensory bins?
Sensory bins are quick and easy to set up. This sensory bin is very inexpensive and you can repurpose the filler to make other bins or use for gift box filler later on.
♻️ What supplies are needed for this bin?
- Brown crinkle paper: This paper is also sometimes called gift filler paper. You could also use another filler like dyed rice, dyed beans, or any other filler you like. Scrap paper or pieces of newspaper could also be fun. I like the brown crinkle paper because I was also able to use it in this pizza sensory bin and this turkey sensory bin. You can also re-use it for gifts later.
- Small tongs or scoop: These are great for children to work on their fine motor skills.
- Recycling and trash can toys
- Odds and ends to recycle: I used bottle caps, toy food, and cut up cardboard tubes. You can use whatever you have on hand.
🌎 What type of bin should I use?
You can use an extra large tupperware container, a sensory table, or a large storage bin.
💚 How to set up
Add the sensory bin filler (the brown crinkle paper), then add the recycling bin toys, recycled household items, toy food, and scoops for your child to use.
Talk to your child about what you can recycle, compost, and what needs to go in the trash. Have them scoop and play.
Other fun sensory bin ideas
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Recycling Sensory Bin
- sensory bin
- brown crinkle paper
- recycling bin toys
- toy food
- bottle caps, cardboard tubes, or other household items
- tongs or scoops
- Add the sensory bin filler (the brown crinkle paper), then add the recycling bin toys, recycled household items, toy food, and scoops for your child to use.
- Talk to your child about what you can recycle, compost, and what needs to go in the trash. Have them scoop and play.