Mini-Beach Sensory Bin

sand dough sensory bin by crayon box chronicles

It’s high summer, beautiful weather, and a perfect day to explore sensory play! Instead of using traditional sand in our mini-beach bin, let’s explore creative messy play with homemade sand dough.  It’s a sensory gold mine, plus it’s only 3 basic household ingredients — flour, water, & oil + sand.  Total set-up time — just 15 minutes.  Let’s break it down!

Sand Dough Beach Sensory Bin @ Crayon Box Chronicles

Total cost =$0!! Now, those are the best sensory bins — very rare indeed! We had everything to make the dough, plus the bin, rocks, and gems all from the dollar store.  The sea shells are from various trips to the beach, but you can also buy them at Michaels, JoAnn’s, and Hobby Lobby with a coupon. Yup, it’s that simple and super fun! All the different textures are a sensory delight.

Sand Dough Beach Sensory Bin @ Crayon Box Chronicles

Pinch, pinch — go crab! Little C was so determined to get those shiny gems!

Sand Dough Beach Sensory Bin @ Crayon Box Chronicles

We took our bin to the table for more doughy fun! See called his gem dough creation a “sand dollar.” We spread loose sand on the table to make the dough even grittier.

Sand Dough Beach Sensory Bin @ Crayon Box Chronicles

Our large sea shells doubled as a shovel and mold for the dough.

Sand Dough Beach Sensory Bin @ Crayon Box Chronicles

I love his intense concentration here — so close! C loved his mini-beach sensory bin — super easy to set up and clean-up! For more sensory bin fun, click here.  For a variety of budget-friendly sensory crafts, click here.

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