Taste-Safe Construction Sensory Bin

Are you looking for a taste-safe or edible sensory bin to appeal to your truck-loving child? Graham cracker crumbs make this construction-themed sensory bin taste safe and perfect for toddlers!

Why Is Sensory Play Important?

Sensory play is absolutely wonderful for children. It allows kids to expose their senses (in particular the sense of touch). They also allow for open-ended play, which is one of the best ways for kids to learn and explore their surroundings.

There are a few sensory play standards. Rice, sand and water are pretty generic sensory bin fillers.

Although sensory bins are lots of fun, using the same fillers over and over again eventually becomes a little more boring for your kids.

Adding a different kind of filler can renew a child’s interest in a sensory bin and allows for a brand new exploration of materials.

kids playing with construction themed sensory bin

Why Taste-Safe Sensory Bins?

This year I have a unique challenge: a preschooler who adores sensory bins and a newly mobile toddler/baby that wants to do everything her sister does.

I am constantly trying to entertain my older child while chasing away and distracting the baby.

Well, enter taste-safe sensory bins. My saviour!

Taste-safe sensory bins use a base that is safe for babies and toddlers to taste (pretty obvious). They have been an absolute life saver in my house to entertain both my children.

Taste-safe sensory bins are also known as edible sensory bins.

Edible or taste-safe sensory bins allow young toddlers to experience sensory time, without worrying about them swallowing dangerous materials (e.g. water beads).

I love taste-safe sensory bins so much that I wrote a whole post about different taste-safe options.

construction themed sensory bin with graham cracker crumbs

Construction-Themed Taste Safe Sensory Bin

This construction-themed sensory bin was a hit for my kiddos, and is totally taste safe!

I got the idea for this sensory bin when I was cleaning out my cupboards (a rare occurrence!) at the end of last summer.

I was about to throw out the our summer stash of graham crackers that hadn’t been eaten during camp fires season. I don’t know about you, but I always seem to end up with a box of graham crackers with about 4 crackers used and the rest of the box sits in the back of my cupboard until the crackers get stale.

Instead of tossing my stale crackers in the garbage, I put them in the blender (a food processor would work well too). I ground them into crumbs and added them to one of the containers we use for our sensory bins (we have several sizes by now).

I added some construction vehicles the girls have in their car stash, and voila! Instant sensory bin!

construction themed sensory bin with three construction vehicles and graham cracker crumbs

If you like this activity, be sure to check out my post onĀ Two Ingredient Edible Slime (Without Borax or Glue).

I hope you enjoy this construction-themed sensory bin idea as much as my family did! Happy playing!

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Construction-themed sensory bin

Author: Cindy

Cindy is an kindergarten teacher and former district Literacy Lead who feels passionately about play-based learning. Cindy has a Master's Degree in Education, with a focus on Curriculum Studies. She is the mom of two sweet girls and a big old doggy. In between playtimes, she enjoys chai tea and a good book.

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