Sorting Shapes in our Sensory Bin

BY ON May 5, 2015
Scooping and Sorting Shapes Sensory Bin by learning 4 kids

Sorting Shapes in our Sensory Bin is a fun activity for children to learn about shapes, colours while developing their fine motor skills.

This activity is great for sensory exploration and involves catching and scooping up coloured shape buttons and sorting them into the matching containers. The catch, scooping and releasing action mimics that of a child using scissors and provides a safe and fun opportunity to develop scissor skills.


What you will need?

Learning about shapes in a sensory bin activity

You will need a small tub, 4 small containers, handy scoopersshape buttons,  and black aquarium rocks.

I love how the black aquarium rocks really bring out the colours in the shape buttons. We plan to use the black rocks in a space theme activity later.


Let’s Play

Sorting shapes activity using a sensory bin and scooper scissors by learning 4 kids

Some Ideas:

  • A simple game: name the shape, scoop it with the scooper scissors, match it to the correct container, release the button into the container and have another go.
  • Hide all the shape buttons underneath rocks. Using your hands, sift and feel through the rocks to find them.
  • Sort by colour.
  • Make a track (like stepping stones) with the buttons on top of the black rocks.
  • Add other props and toys to the sensory bin to encourage imaginative play.


Let’s Learn

sorting shapes sensory bin learning 4 kids

Learning Opportunities

  • Fine motor, control and coordination
  • Scissor skills and practice using one
  • Mathematics: recognising shapes and their characteristics
  • Concentration
  • Imagination and creativity
  • Problem solving and trial and error – over coming challenges


Other activities using the handy scoopers

Catch and Scooper Fine Motor Activity

Old Mac Donald Had a Farm Sensory Box


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Handy Scoopers Set of 4

Assorted Large Buttons

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