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Wash the Farm Animals – Sensory Bin Idea for Kids

Toddler child washing toy farm animals for a sensory bin activity

This sensory bin for washing farm animals is easy to setup and takes only minutes! It is one of our favorite bins to put together in classrooms, and children find this sensory bin irresistible! Getting filthy in the dirt and then cleaning with the bubbles is exciting for kids of all ages!

What Are Sensory Bins?

A sensory bin is typically a plastic container or tub containing materials and objects to stimulate the senses. You can fill the bin with materials such as rice, water, shredded paper, and other items from around the house.

How to Build a Sensory Bin for Washing Farm Animals

One sensory bin with dirt and toy farm animals, one sensory bin with water, dish soap, and a scrubber for kids' farm animal sensory bin activity


  • 2 clear plastic bins
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Plastic farm animal figurines
  • Potting soil or other dirt
  • Brushes, washcloths, etc.


  1. Make a muddy area for the animals by pouring the dirt into one bin and adding a tiny bit of water to the dirt.
  2. Create the washing bin by filling it with water and mixing in the dish soap.
  3. Add the animals to the dirt/mud bin and add cleaning supplies to the water bin.
  4. Have your child experience the sensory bin by washing the farm animals!

Washing Farm Animal Sensory Bin – Video Tutorial

Don’t let the fun stop here! If you want more fun and creative ideas like this, we have more interactive kids’ activities, parenting tips, and book recommendations in our Family Resource Library. There is so much to learn and experience as a family!

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