DIY: Dinosaur Sensory Bin + 30 Sensory Play Ideas

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I am a Step2 Ambassador and am partnering with Step2 for the following review. I received a product in exchange for my review and honest opinion.

DINO Sensory BinAnyone else have a dinosaur obsessed kiddo on their hands? Some of Logan’s first words were the names of dinosaurs. Names that I can’t even pronounce. I defer to my mini paleontologist for any prehistoric trivia. When Step2 sent us their new Cascading Cove Sand & Water Table, Logan asked to take a few of his dinosaurs outside to play with them in it. That sparked the idea to create a giant dinosaur-lover sensory bin. 

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First, let’s chat about how much I love, love, love this water table! It’s large enough for BOTH of my kiddos to play (mostly) nicely at. I love that it’s split up into 2 sections so they can each have their own space to play in without fighting (thank you Step2, from the bottom of this mama’s heart). I also really like the attached umbrella to keep the UV rays at bay. And the LID! A lid is a must have for us desert dwellers, who have to deal with things like scorpions that like to hang out in sandboxes (ack!).

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The table comes with a few accessories that your kiddos will love. A shovel/rake for scooping, a little cup for pouring, 2 toy boats and 2 bridges are included. My kids loved the built in slides around the table, where they could slide the boats around on. You can add sand on one side and water on the other. So much fun, especially now that the weather is warming up!

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With a few materials that I already had on hand, we turned our water & sand table into DINOLAND. To create your own DINOLAND, you’ll need gem floral fillers, moss, beans, sticks and dinosaur toys. Fill one side with the gems and add water. Fill the other side with beans, moss and sticks. Add in the dinosaur toys. As with any toy or sensory activity, parental supervision is recommended. My kiddos played with their new dino sensory bin for HOURS. I love listening in on their play and the scenarios they concoct up using their imagination.

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 Here are over 30 other FUN sensory play ideas that you can use with a Step2 Sand & Water Table:

30 Sensory Play Activities

Ocean Sensory Table

Winter Sensory Table

Beach Sensory Play

Scented Valentine Sensory Bin

Car Wash Sensory Bin

Dinosaur Fossil Excavation

Rice & Bean Box

Flower Themed Sensory Bin

Little Red Riding Hood Sensory Play

Spring Sensory Bin

Oats & Chick Pea Building Site

Simple Excavation Sensory Play

Beach in a Bin

Sensory Bin for Multi-Aged Children

Rice Sensory Play

Step2 Sensory Table Solution

Rainbow Letter Sensory Bin

Fairy Garden Play

Corn Sensory Play

Rainbow Tactile Sensory Bin

Rainbow Cream Pie Sensory Play

Ice Age Sensory Bin

Fun & Safe Sensory Bins for Babies

Moon Themed Sensory Bin

Bugs, Dirt & Worms Sensory Play

Farm Fun Sensory Play

Spring Sensory Bin

Moon Sand Sensory Play

Pink Sensory Bin

Bird Seed Sensory Bin

DIY Farm Bin

Frozen Winter Sensory Bin

Gratitude Sensory Bin

Hatching Dinosaur Sensory Play


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Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.