Simple Space Sensory Bin

The big kids are learning about astronomy this year with Aplologia. With them working together I need something simple I can pull out for the little ones to enjoy so they stay out of trouble during lessons. Any mom that homeschools with toddlers around knows the feeling. This space sensory bin gets a lot of use. I just pop the lid over it and store it away. I add random things here and the keeping the base space themed noodles the same.

Easy Space Sensory Bin

On this particular day the girls were pretending the spiky balls where planets and the cookie cutter was the sun.  We had some bouncy balls in as well but I had to take them because they were getting bounced around distracting big kids lol. My son’s space-themed toys get added here and there.

Pasta base for space sensory bin

This space sensory bin can be changed into whatever you want.

I found this pasta and was jumping for joy. Astronauts, Space Ships, Planets! Oh my! These shaped pastas are my favorite base for sensory bins. Perfect for scooping and dumping. This space sensory bin is heading to become a space ispy bottle soon. I love that I can change this up as often as we want. Use whatever you have on hand and make your own space sensory bin.

Simple Space Sensory Bin

Ways to play.

Build your own solar system and see how planets line up.

Scoop and dump sensory bin fillers with measuring cups.

Sort pasta by color and shape.

Add books, videos, and other tools for even more learning.

Encourage your child to try something new like bury items or bring something new in.

Give your child art supplies to combine with this space sensory bin to see what they can come up with and create without your help.

Pull this bin out a few times sith small changes made. While your child plays encourage them to explore new things you have added.


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  • Tess says:

    Ive heard that sensory is good for little kids. There are lots of stuff you can use im sure around the house.

  • Brandy says:

    This sounds like such a great idea! A sensory bin sounds like something that would be really good for your younger kids.

  • Marcie W. says:

    My son is on the autism spectrum and always loved sensory play. This fun space bin idea is out of this world!

  • Jonna says:

    Sensory play is so great for toddlers! I love changing up the different items according to the seasons or holidays.

  • Dawn Lopez says:

    What a great idea! This sensory bin looks like a great way to engage a child in some creative playtime.

  • Ryan Escat says:

    This is such a fun idea for kids! I’m sure my son would love it, I’m glad that you shared it with us.

  • Angel says:

    This is awesome!
    Where did you get the pasta???
    I love it!!

    • Jenn Gerlach says:

      You can find this pasta online (linked in the post) or at your local walmart from time to time.