Beach Themed Sensory Box (Sensory Activities for Kids)

beach themed sensory box

With the days slowly warming up, we are spending more and more time outdoors. Since we don’t yet have a sandbox in our backyard, I thought it might be fun to do our own little version of a sandbox.  The kids and I brainstormed and came up with an outdoor sensory box using sand~ a beach themed sensory box!

I bought a bag of sand from the hardware store for just under $5 and found a shallow plastic container. After we poured the sand into the container, Lucy helped me search our house for items that would be fun to use in the sensory box. We found some shovels and sifters and a little plastic sand pail to add. Then we put in some large stones from our yard  and a few sea shells we had found the last time we were at the beach. Finally we threw in some sea glass we’d been collecting over the last few months. (You can also buy sea glass and sea shells at craft stores.)






The kids were thrilled! Although we live within walking distance to the beach, there’s just something special about having your own little beach at home. They spent quite a bit of time sifting for sea glass, shoveling and piling up sand. 

A few days later we decided to add water and make it more of a tide pool. This added a whole new element to their play. Soon dinosaur bones were being excavated from beneath the ocean floor and waves were crashing all around (mainly caused by Theo’s enthusiasm!)

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This has definitely been one of our favorite sensory boxes so far! 


Some of Our Favorite Beach and Tide Pool Books
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  1. My son would love this! Thanks for the idea!

  2. I would like to try this with my kids too!

  3. What a great beach bin. Sensory bins are such a favorite around here. Yours looks like it is really being enjoyed. Hope you will stop by and see us soon

    • Thank you, Sarah! The kids are loving it. Sensory bins just seem to be one of their favorite things and they gain so much from playing with it too!

  4. Love this bin and the idea of have a personal beach at home even if you already live close to one. Pinning!

    • Thanks so much, Sam! This is one activity where it was just so fun to sit back and watch the kids play. They came up with so many fun things and had such big smiles!

  5. Visiting from Let’s Hear it For the Boys. I’d like to invite you to my Friday Flash Blog, where you can share your best blog entry of the week! The party goes on ALL weekend. And who knows, you may just get featured next week.


  6. I love this sensory bin! I’ve pinned it to refer to when we do our ocean theme!

  7. Very cute! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  8. Looks like they had fun, my girls would love this! Thanks for sharing on We Made That!

  9. Featuring you on Mom’s Library this week!

  10. So cute! I love the beach theme! Thanks for linking to Share It Saturday, I’ll be featuring your post tomorrow.

  11. What a fun way to have the beach at home! I’m featuring this post at Stress-Free Sunday this weekend. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. πŸ™‚

  12. I love it! We don’t have a sandbox either, but I think this idea would be just as fun! I’m thinking a trip to the hardware store for some sand is in order!

    • The kids absolutely love this sensory box! Theo prefers it with water, Lucy likes it without. When you head to the hardware store for the sand, have someone help you load it. Almost threw my back out! πŸ™‚

      • We put together our sandbox sensory bin this morning! Just the sand, didn’t get a chance to add any other beach elements, Caden wanted to play with it right away! We had so much fun digging and building sandcastles! And your right, that bag of sand is heavy! But I somehow managed. πŸ™‚

        • I’m so glad, Samantha! The bag of sand is deceiving, small enough it just didn’t seem like it should weigh so much! πŸ™‚ I’m noticing that your recent post is a Cozy Coupe Car Wash~ I must go check that out!

  13. Love this bin and the tide pool it became. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for linking up to Discover & Explore. I’m featuring this post today.


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