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Construction Site Sensory Bin

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This Construction Site Sensory Bin is perfect for hands-on toddler and preschool play! The next time the kids are needing a simple activity for home, you can easily make this sensory bin in no time at all!

This is a great activity for little hands and big imaginations!

It’s also a bonus if they’re fans of construction sites and equipment and want to dog in their hands and get dirty.

Sensory bins are the perfect way to combine creative play with hands-on learning! And the best part? You can easily create a sensory bin with toys you already have at home.

Be sure to check out my Spring Soup: Sensory Bin Toddler & Preschool Activity for another fun activity that the kids are sure to love.

construction site sensory bin

What I love about sensory bins is that you don’t need anything fancy! Just a few easy supplies and the kids, and that’s just about it!

Supplies needed for this Construction Site Sensory Bin

You’re going to love the simplicity of creating this activity for the kids. Just a handful of supplies is all you’ll need! (feel free to add more themed items as well!)

  • Play sand
  • Container with a lid
  • Twigs
  • Rocks
  • Flat Blue Marbles 
  • Small Construction Vehicles

supplies needed to make a sensory bin

How to Make a Construction Site Sensory Bin

Just follow the super simple steps below to make this sensory bin activity.

Pour the sand into a clear plastic storage tub until it’s 1/3 full.

putting the sand in the bin

Add more sand in the corners and areas to create the look of hills.

adding twigs to the sand

Use the twigs to create trees and logs.

adding twigs and rocks to the sand

Add some of the colored marbles to make a water look or build a pond.

construction sensory bin fun

Add in different sized rocks for the kids to dig and find.

Add the toy vehicles and let the kids dig and explore!

Make sure that you put a lid on the bin when the kids are done playing so that it’s not messy and can easily be used again later.

child playing with a sensory bin

Tips for Making a Sensory Bin

Here are some common questions that are asked about sensory bins. They might help answer some that you have, too!

What is the learning benefit of sensory bins?

There are many reasons to introduce sensory play and learning into your child’s life. It’s a great way to work on creative learning, fine motor skills, and even independent play.

Sensory bins also offer hands-on activities while also encouraging imagination as well!

What age are sensory bins good for?

Since there are smaller items used in a sensory bin, they’re recommended for ages 3+. Just make sure that your little one knows that they shouldn’t put any of the items in their mouths!

Can I use something besides sand for sensory bins?

The sand is actually an important element for this sensory bin because it’s meant to simulate mud or dirt at a construction site. If you want to try making a different sensory bin, another popular option is to use dry rice.

What if I don’t have a plastic bin?

It’s ideal to use a plastic tub for your sensory bin, but if you don’t have one, you can pivot and use something else. A cardboard box could also be a great choice, but you probably will only get one use out of it that way since it doesn’t have a lid.

plastic toy vehicle digging in the sand

More Hands-On Fun for Kids

If you love this simple sensory activity, check out these other craft ideas that they’re sure to love.

plastic toy vehicle digging in the sand

Construction Site Sensory Bin

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This fun sensory bin activity will have the kids digging in!

Materials

  • Play sand
  • Container with a lid
  • Twigs
  • Rocks
  • Flat Blue Marbles
  • Small Construction Vehicles

Instructions

Pour the sand into a clear plastic storage tub until it's 1/3 full.

Add more sand in the corners and areas to create the look of hills.

Use the twigs to create trees and logs.

Add some of the colored marbles to make a water look or build a pond.

Add in different-sized rocks for the kids to dig and find.

Add the toy vehicles and let the kids dig and explore!

Make sure that you put a lid on the bin when the kids are done playing so that it's not messy and can easily be used again later.

Ready to have some fun?

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