Ideas on How to Make a Beach Sensory Bin for Preschool Play

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beach themed sensory bin for preschool play

This preschool play beach sensory bin makes me want to travel to the ocean! I grew up in Florida near the beaches and now I live in a completely land locked state. I’m not going to lie – this sensory bin is relaxing even for adults, not just for preschool play!

Below are some ideas that you can add to your beach sensory bin! Bonus points if you add salt water to it!

Beach Sensory Bin Materials:

seashells and sand for beach sensory bin

*storage container
*white sand
*blue, green, and/or clear glass beads
*small pebbles / rocks
*water (optional)
*small aquatic animal toys

I picked up most of my supplies at the Dollar Tree (one of my fav places for sensory supplies!) although some of the seashells I actually have had in my craft supply stash from my childhood growing up in Florida.

seashells and sand beach sensory bin

Pour in your white sand and pebbles. Add seashells, water animals, glass beads, sponges, or anything else that you would like in your beach sensory bin! I don’t have any animals in mine because I wanted it to look like a seashore!

Add water if you want some animals in it – just know that it’s a little messier!

Aquatic Animals for your Sensory Bin:


beach sensory bin with seashells blue and green colors

That’s it! Create a tiny sized one for your office desk or put it in a glass bowl in your bathroom! It’s beautiful decoration and offers a sensory experience!

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  1. I love this so much! My kids would have been so delighted with this when they were little, and it delights me even now! I want to make one. Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

  2. I love this so much and have featured it at Thursday Favorite Things today.

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