Okay, here’s the thing: sensory bins, as a rule, tend to be messy. They just are. They contain small materials that have the potential to get everywhere, including several that may be found carpet weeks later. If they don’t contain small pieces, they likely contain bigger ones that are going to take up more room than you can possibly find in your living room…or, conversely, some messy, squishy substance that will be everywhere in a matter of minutes and take forever to get clean again. It’s so much easier to provide kids with sensory bottles, sensory bags, or other well-contained sensory activities that don’t require a massive cleanup afterwards.
On the other hand, sensory bins—messes and all—have some advantages that you might not have considered….