I have to confess this is only my second sensory bin, though I have a huge list of ideas saved up. I need to do these inexpensively so I've been saving little things here and there and started keeping them in a large plastic box for future ones.
I put together this Spring bin from some things we had on hand, and a few new items from the dollar store. All of the items are reusable and will get put in baggies for another time.
It took Monkey a few tries to figure out the eggs but now he brings us "presents" all the time and we have to open the eggs and be really excited about what's inside. It's good for his coordination, it's tricky stuffing plastic frogs into those little tiny eggs.
It looks a little on the empty side but Monkey has pulled it out pretty much every day so it must be exciting enough.
What's in it:
Ducks, frogs, and insect toys that we had around the house
Dragon Fly finger puppet that the boys' cousin brought them from Hawaii
Foamie stickers, there are flowers and Easter eggs with glitter on them (I took two of the same and stuck them back to back) to make chunkie pieces
Blue and Green "gems" from a gift we dismantled at one point
Miniature Eggs (about 2" tall)- Dollar Tree
Carrot ornaments - Dollar Tree
Flowers - Dollar Tree (these were part of some fake flowers but they easily separated from the stems, I would have used more of them but they only seemed to have the one bunch.)