Construction Sensory Bin

Remember those glittery space rocks we made for our Space Sensory bin? They have new life today as part of our construction zone sensory bin! (Because what every construction zone needs is glitter.)

This construction sensory bin is such a fun way to keep little builders entertained! A mixed-ages sensory bin perfect for rainy days, you can build so many STEAM challenges into this bin

I originally planned for this to be a “Transportation Sensory Bin” but my kids had other plans, and it made sense because we have been living next to a construction zone for a year now. It’s always so interesting to me to see how children interpret the world around them and recreate it in their play.

A construction sensory bin is a great opportunity to be creative – the point is building, so give kids whatever you may have on hand to build with! Different building materials are a great option to allow them to compare the properties of different materials and analyze them according to their own construction needs.

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How to Make a Construction Sensory Bin

  • A large, flat bin to hold everything
  • Black beans (or glitter-y black beans if you’re anything like us)
  • Magformers (or other building blocks)
  • Construction vehicles
  • Construction or road signs (if you don’t want to buy any, my friend Clarissa shared a cute DIY with her Construction Sensory Bin)
  • Measuring cups
  • Construction hats
  • A building level

Add whatever construction-related materials you have. You could even add in a bunch of recyclables and encourage the kids to build with them!

construction sensory play

The beans were fun to scoop with the diggers, and we added in some measuring cups for fun.

The level found many purposes – including a road, a ladder, and a measuring tape.

The road signs were great for recognozing symbols and identifying shapes.

And of course, the magnetic blocks were great for identifying shapes, exploring magnetism, and building interesting structures!
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The kids also enjoyed scooping the beans with their hands and letting them slip out. One child realized the beans made loud noises if you held them up high and dropped them in the bin. (Here he is giving a lesson on proper bean dropping technique.)

And, of course, some of the children had to experience the sensory bin as a full body experience!

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We played with this construction sensory bin for over two weeks before I had enough of sweeping up beans off the floor! Providing a large bin and encouraging the kids to respect boundaries while playing goes a long way towards making sensory bins a bit easier to clean up.

I also prefer to use large totes like this that have lids, so I can “close off” the sensory bin when I either don’t feel like cleaning or the kids are showing that they will not make good choices with their materials.

construction sensory bin

Do you have any little engineers who would enjoy this construction sensory bin?

Be sure to check out some of our other engineering activities, like building a train and painting with tools. (If you’re really brave, you can try letting the kids drill some fruit!)



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