If your kiddo is still putting everything in their mouth, here are some sensory bin options you can feel good about letting them explore and play with!
Sensory bins are a wonderful way for toddlers and preschoolers to explore and discover the world around them. But as parents and caregivers, we want to make sure that the materials we use are safe for little ones who might put everything in their mouths. That's why today we're talking about taste-safe sensory bin fillers that are not only fun but also safe for young children.
Cooked pasta is an excellent sensory bin filler that is completely safe for little ones. You can dye the pasta with food coloring to add an extra pop of color, and your little ones can even help you with the dyeing process. Not only is it colorful and fun to play with, but it's also great for practicing fine motor skills like cutting or even spinning onto a fork!
Oatmeal is another great taste-safe sensory bin filler that is perfect for little ones. It's soft and squishy, making it fun to play with, and it has a nice texture that can help soothe teething gums. You can also add some cinnamon or vanilla extract to the oatmeal to make it smell even more delicious.
Rice is a classic sensory bin filler that is safe for young children. It's easy to dye with food coloring to create a rainbow of colors, and it's also great for practicing pouring and scooping skills. You can also add some small toys or objects for your little ones to discover as they play. Construction trucks are always a hit.
Water beads can be deadly if ingested, so while they make a great Instagram picture, they are to be avoided. Instead, use tapioca pearls - the delcious balls in boba tea. They are easy to make and come in a variety of colors.
Shaving cream is a fun and fluffy sensory bin filler, but not something you want your kid to eat! Cool Whip is safe for toddlers and preschoolers to play with and great for practicing finger painting and writing skills. It can even be used to make "snow" for some winter-themed sensory play.
Jello is a unique and fun sensory bin filler that is completely safe for little ones to explore. You can make it in a variety of colors and flavors, and it's great for practicing hand-eye coordination and scooping skills. You can also add some small toys or objects to the jello for your little ones to find as they play.
Psyllium Husk Slime
Typical slime contains borax and glue - two things you do not want your child to eat. With everyday fiber though you can make something just as fun to play with.
Another very easy to set up option is chia seeds. By just adding water and food coloring you can create some super fun, slippery sensory play.
A great sensory classic, oobleck is just a combination of cornstarch and water. Add some food coloring to create some solid / liquid exploration right at home.
Similar to bubble foam, whipped garbonzo bean juice can be a colorful and fun sensory option. Keep the recipe on hand with my FREE recipe cards, full of even more taste safe sensory options.
Taste-safe sensory bin fillers are a great way for toddlers and preschoolers to explore and learn about the world around them without any worry about harmful materials. With a little bit of creativity, you can create a variety of sensory bins that will keep your little ones engaged and happy for hours on end. So go ahead and have some fun!