Spring is coming soon which means Easter is too. This feeding chickens sensory bin is a perfect springtime activity and makes a great Easter sensory bin too!
This sensory bin is filled with fun chicken feed, cute little chicks, scoops, and a few options for chickens to fill with feed. My daughter had a blast playing with it. I definitely recommend playing with it outside or on a tile floor as a lot of our chicken feed did end up on the floor.
For younger kids you can also make an easy sensory bottle version. I’ll include pictures of that at the end of this post.
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We love sensory bins at my house! A new one will be played with for days on end and always in more ways than I can imagine. They can be messy so have a vacuum handy or do them outside.
This bin is not suitable for small kids that will try to eat the chicken feed! While it’s technically edible it could be a choking hazard for little ones.
Chicken Sensory Bin Supplies
I was able to track down cracked corn at my local grocery store and pet food stores will have it too. I did have to buy a large bag but we’re going to use the extra in bird feeders so it won’t go to waste.
Make your Easter chick sensory bin
1 – Fill the plastic tub with cracked corn that will be your “chicken feed”. If you can’t get cracked corn you could use other bird seed, beans, cheerios or yellow Easter grass. (The yellow grass should be a last resort as it won’t be scoopable.)
2 – Add some little chickens to your bin. You could also use Little People chickens if your kids have a bunch of those figurines.
3 – Add something you can fill. We used these fun chicken toilet paper rolls that we made ourselves. They are perfect for filling with chicken feed.
You can also use chicken-shaped easter eggs if you don’t want to make the extra craft.
4 – Finally, add some scoops or spoons.
5 – Let them play! Encourage your child to “feed the chickens” by scooping up the feed. Get hands-on by feeling the cracked corn. They can create their own imaginary play world with the chickens!
While cracked corn is taste safe it could be a choking hazard for small children so please supervise them during play and wash their hands when their all done.
Where to find the supplies
Where did I find these sensory bin supplies? As I mentioned above I found the cracked corn at the grocery store but you could also buy it online.
I picked up the little chicks at Party City but you can also find them online at Oriental Trading.
The chick easter eggs were a little harder to track down. They have this set on Amazon but I actually found ours at our local Michaels store.
I will say this is one of the more expensive sensory bins I’ve made due to the cracked corn. But, since we’re going to reuse it I went ahead with it since it was the perfect material.
Fine Motor Skills
This sensory bin is great for working on fine motor skills as they scoop the feed into different containers.
Want to make a sensory bottle instead?
This sensory bin is tons of fun but it’s not suitable for younger kids that want to put everything in their mouth. If little brother or sister want to play along you can easily turn this into a sensory bottle.
I made this version for my 1 year old and she loved shaking it to make noise and finding the chickens inside the bottle. I used 4 colored chickens in hers inside a plastic sensory bottle.
If you don’t have a bottle you could do a sensory bag version as well, just place the items inside a large freezer size Ziploc bag and glue or tape the opening shut.
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