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Summer Sensory Bin

Are you looking for summer sensory activities for your kids? Grab the free printables to set-up this Summer Sensory Bin!

You can add more sensory play into your day and have your preschoolers and kindergarteners work on their visual discrimination skills.

I Spy Activity for Kids

Summer Sensory Bin:

 This interactive activity can be used by your preschoolers independently or in a small group. It’s perfect for classrooms, homeschools, or child care centers!

Visual Discrimination Skills

Getting Ready To Use The Summer Sensory Bin:

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What’s Included:

  • 9 Sun Cards
  • 2 I Spy The Sun Recording Sheets

What Else Is Needed:

  • White Card Stock or Copy Paper
  • Scissors
  • Small Manipulative
  • Plastic Container
  • Blue Shredded Paper
  • Cotton Balls (optional)
  • Crayons (optional)

To get the sensory activity ready for your preschoolers, fill out the form below.

Then, download the sun cards and the recording sheet that you want to use. 

Next, laminate the suns so your children can use this activity over and over. Then, cut all of them apart.

Visual Discrimination Activity

If you are using the recording sheet with the colored suns, you may want to laminate that too. You can also put it in a dry erase pocket. 

To set-up the sensory bin, fill a plastic container with blue shredded paper. You can also use dyed noodles, rice, or any other filler.

Then, put the suns in the sensory bin. You can add cotton balls or pom poms too. 

How To Use The Summer Sensory Bin:

For this visual discrimination activity, you kids will pick a sun out of the sensory bin and look at its face. They will then mark the matching face on the recording sheet.

Summer Sensory Bin

If you are using the colored recording sheet, they can cover the sun with a small manipulative such as a two-color counter, pom pom, or mini eraser.

For the black and white recording sheet, your children can color the sun with crayons. 

Sensory Bin

Your preschoolers will continue picking suns and marking them on the recording sheet until they have matched all of them. 

How Else Can I Use This Activity In My Classroom or Homeschool?

There are many different ways to use this activity in your classroom or homeschool. You can make two copies of the sun cards and play memory. 

You can also hang the sun cards around your classroom or home and have your kids “walk the room.” When they find one of the cards, they will mark it off on their recording sheet. 


Sensory Play

This Summer Sensory Bin is a fun, hands-on way for your preschoolers to work on their visual discrimination skills.

Sensory Activity

More Summer Sensory Bin Ideas:

If you are looking for more summer-themed sensory bin ideas, try these fun, hands-on resources:

Seashell Alphabet Sensory Bin

Sun Letter Recognition Activity

Watermelon Alphabet Sensory Bin

You May Also Like The Dive Into Literacy Bundle:

Do you want to prepare your preschoolers for the upcoming school year?

Or, help your kindergarteners review concepts to prevent the summer slide?

Dive into Literacy this summer with this bundle of engaging and educational activities!

Click on the link or the picture to learn more about the resources included!

Download The Summer Sensory Bin Printables:

To get the free printables for this summer-themed sensory bin, fill out the form below.



Christine Studt

Sunday 25th of June 2023

Thank you for the different face suns for the sensory bin! I look forward to using them!

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