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Corn Sensory Bin

Children explore a fun fair-themed sensory bin, while developing their sensory, cognitive, physical, language skills.

Invite children to play with a sensory bin!

This activitiy is a fun activity for children to explore, discover and learn about corn at the fair.

As the children experiment with their bins educators can discuss many different ways corn is used and sold at the fair and on a daily basis. This is a great way to spark the childrens imagination while they play.


For this developmental activity you will need:

Sensory table or large plastic bin


Dried corn kernels

Variety of scoops, bowls, strainers, cups, spoons, etc.

Pretend play foods

Learning Outcomes


Sensory, Cognitive, Physical, Language


Observation and Inquiry, Physical Science, Fine Motor Development, Problem Solving, Reasoning, Language Development


Supports language development, cognitive growth, motor skills, problem-solving skills, and promotion of social interaction.


Step 1:

Prepare the bin or sensory table by combining all of the materials listed. Invite the children to explore the sensory table.

Step 2:

Start a discussion about the fair.  Has anyone been?  If so did they notice any food decorations with corn or any food booths that sold corn?  

Step 3:

Observe how children scoop and sort the kernels of corn from the cornmeal, how do they use the other items offered?

Activity Author

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Taylor Hernandez| Early Childhood Educator

Taylor is an Early Childhood Educator with over 16 year experience in the field. She currently teaches Child Development courses at the college level and loves to connects with current and future educators through her community @EarlyChildhoodSquad.

Playful Questions

Using the colander (show the children the tool), does the cornmeal fall through the holes but corn kernels staying inside?

How does the powder feel? Is it soft or hard?

How does the corn kernels feel? Are they soft or hard?

Can you hide your vegetables?

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