Dig Pit (Sensory Tub)

Now that it is officially too cold and rainy to be playing outside (at least for me), I needed some fun things we could do indoors to keep my 2-year-old occupied. I have been wanting to make him a sensory tub for awhile and finally got the supplies to put it all together.

Here is what I used:
– 27 quart clear latch lid bin from Target
– 16 lbs dry pinto beans (I’ve been buying them when I see them on sale at Fred Meyer and Albertsons)
– toys from around the house including plastic shovel, rack, sifter and cup

I took a picture of the toys I hid in the dig pit, labeled them and printed them out on a sheet of paper. Now its a treasure hunt!

He was very excited when he found the ball :o)

Tips for keeping the beans from spilling:
– use a deep bin (the deeper and wider the better)
– place a towel under the bin to keep spilled bean from rolling around the floor. Its also an easy way to clean up – just gather up the towel and dump beans back in.

Have Fun!



  1. says

    If you are ever in the Portland area, take your son to the Portland Children's Museum. They have a huge area called the Dig Pit filled with chipped tire rubber. There are buckets, shovels, trucks, bulldozers, etc to spend hours digging!

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