Sensory play is an essential part when receiving Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services. Engaging children’s senses through hands-on activities can promote learning, relaxation, and social interaction. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to create a treasure-themed sensory bin—a delightful experience that combines play, learning, and imagination. 

Why Treasure Sensory Bins Are Beneficial for Children with Autism: 

  • Sensory Exploration: Garden sensory bins encourage children to engage their senses. The sights, sounds, and textures of the garden can make them more comfortable with sensory experiences. 
  • Soothing and Anxiety Management: Sensory play can be soothing and help manage anxiety.  

Materials You’ll Need 

  • A large plastic box (deep enough to prevent spills) 
  • Fillers (choose from the following): Kinetic sand, Elbow pasta, Black beans, Fruit loops, Rice, Plastic sea creatures 
  • Items to hide: Seashells, Marbles, Small plastic trinkets 
  • Additional tools: Spoon, Paper cups or small containers 

How to Create Your Treasure Sensory Bin: 

  • Take a large plastic box and ensure it’s deep enough to contain the sensory materials. 
  • Fill the box with your chosen filler material (e.g., kinetic sand, rice, or black beans). 
  • Spread out some items on the surface of the filler material. 
  • Hide the Treasures 
  • Include Tools for Exploration 
  • Use a spoon or other scooping tool to dig into the sensory bin. 

Creating a treasure sensory bin is a great activity for ABA therapy to encourage creativity and fine motor skills. As children “dig” for hidden items, they engage their senses, develop hand-eye coordination, and experience the joy of discovery. 

If you’re interested in learning more about how ABA therapy can benefit your child, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help you on this journey. Give us a call at (855) 444-5664 to get started