We love sensory bins at our house! All my kids, from my 3 year old to my 7 year old, have fun playing with the different textures and items. My 3 year old has some sensory processing problems, but using sensory bins and playing with different textures has really helped him move passed this and be able to explore everything his sisters and classmates do.
For this sensory bin, I used cloud dough as my base. I really like this dough because it’s made up of flour and vegetable oil and that’s it! If I know my 3 year old (and I do 😉 ) he’ll be putting anything in a sensory bin, in his mouth. I always like to use items that are safe for consumption. Plus, the feel of cloud dough is really cool! It’s super soft and powdery, but when you press it together and can be solid like a play dough.
To make the cloud dough, you’ll need 8 cups flour and one cup oil. I just put it all in my bin and mixed until it was all combined. I ended up mixing with my hands. It made it much easier to get all the oil incorporated with the flour. Then I added some spices (since this is an apple pie sensory bin!). I added 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon each of nutmeg, cloves, and all spice.
To the cloud dough I added: measuring spoons, apples I found at Michaels (in the floral section), cinnamon sticks, and mason jar lids. I used super glue to glue the two lid pieces together to make one solid lid. Instead of mason jar lids, you could also use mini tart tins or old spaghetti jar lids. Then it’s time to play!