Looking for a fun Easter sensory play idea? Try this incredibly cute Color Sorting Easter Sensory Bin for Preschool!
This easy Easter sensory bin is great for introducing color sorting to little ones while allowing for imaginative play as well.
This Easter sensory bin contains paper shred, plastic Easter eggs, buttons, bunnies, and more! I hope your kids enjoy this simple spring sensory bin!
Why is color sorting important for preschoolers?
Color sorting is part of early math skill development. According to Michigan State University, sorting, classifying objects, and matching are the first steps in basic math. Learning to color sort helps kids with 1 to 1 correspondence and concepts like “more” or “less” as they grow.
This Color Sorting Easter Sensory Bin is a fun way to practice sorting skills!
What is a Sensory Bin?
A Sensory Bin is a container that is filled with items that spark imaginative play and stimulate the senses.
Sensory bins can be filled with water, sand, beans, dry corn, paper shred, uncooked pasta, pom pom pieces, colored rice and more. For more ideas on creating sensory bins, see this article.
Many sensory kits have a theme such as spring, Easter, farm, insects, etc.
Sensory activities can be created for kids of all ages including preschool, toddler, elementary, and even babies. You just need to be aware of the choking hazards of materials, if your child still puts things in their mouth.
The Many Benefits of Sensory Play
According to Very Well Family, sensory play is super important because:
- It helps kids develop fine motor skills.
- Sensory play helps build language skills.
- It’s great for helping kids cope with stress.
There’s SO many great reasons to do sensory bins. You can discover more of the benefits here.
Supplies for Coloring Sorting Easter Sensory Bin
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You will need the following supplies to make this Easter sensory bin:
- Sensory bin or box (Little bins work fine for one child, but a larger one is best for more than one kid).
- Green Paper Shred or Easter grass
- Plastic Easter Eggs
- Tiny Bunnies (I found mine at Hobby Lobby) but Amazon has some cute bunnies here.
- Plastic Butterflies (I used resin ones from Hobby Lobby)
- Plastic Kid Tweezers
- Flowers (fake flowers are more durable, I used mini daisies from Hobby Lobby)
- Colorful Buttons (in colors matching your Easter Eggs)
- Mini Butterfly Net
- Wooden Scoops or plastic scoops
Note: I bought my supplies for this Easter sensory activity locally, but I tried to link to similar items on Amazon for your convenience.
How to make Color Sorting Easter Sensory Bin
Let’s get started on this Easter sensory play idea!
First, take your Sensory bin and fill it with paper shred. The amount of paper shred needed will depend on how large your sensory box is. I found that 1 package was perfect for my smaller sensory bin, but I would need much more to fill an under the bed storage container.
Next, add flowers. I found these adorable mini daisies at Hobby Lobby. I linked to some similar little daisies on Amazon in the supply list. You can also find inexpensive fake flowers at Dollar Tree or any crafting store.
Now add your Easter eggs. I chose to add one Easter egg of each color. Add several buttons of corresponding colors to your eggs.
Next, add your tweezers and mini butterfly net. In addition, I always like to include something to scoop with. One of best ways to ensure that a sensory bin is engaging is to add a tool for stirring or scooping.
Be sure to sprinkle some adorable bunnies and butterflies into the mix to add to their creative play.
How to Color Sort with Easter Sensory Bins
I like to keep Sensory Bins mostly open-ended for imaginative play, but with this color sorting sensory bin I do a little introduction for my kids.
I pick up a green plastic egg and ask them what color is this? Then I have them help me find all of the green buttons and we place them inside of the green egg.
Then we look for all of the pink buttons and place those inside the pink egg, and so on through each of the colors. It’s a fairly simple activity, but building these skills is crucial for basic math later on!
My kids also enjoyed hiding the bunnies in the eggs and filling the eggs with grass and buttons, etc. I love to see their imaginations at work!
More Ideas to Extend the Fun:
Here’s a few more ideas for your Easter sensory bins.
If your child is familiar with numbers, you write a number on each Easter egg and have them fill that egg with a certain number of buttons.
Similarly, you could create an number Easter egg sensory bin by writing the number word on one half of an egg and the number on the other and have them match Easter egg halves. This could also be done with lowercase and uppercase letters etc. The possibilities go on and on!
I hope your little one enjoys this Easter bin!
More Spring Sensory Bins for kids
Looking for more Spring Sensory Play Activities for kids?
There’s an adorable Vegetable and Flower Garden Sensory Bin here. Kids scoop, dig, and plant pretend flowers in mini flower pots. So much fun!
There’s also an Insect Sensory Bin here. Help little ones overcome their fears of bugs and insects with this adorable Insect Exploration activity!
You can also find some cute Spring Sensory Play ideas here: Best Premade Sensory Bins from Etsy.
Want to save this idea for Easter Sensory Bins for later? Pin the picture below to your Easter Pinterest board!