Shredded Paper Sensory Bin For Toddlers

toddler playing with shredded paper in a bin full of dinosaur toys as a sensory activity

An At-Home Sensory Activity For Toddlers

Who says your old papers and recycling are destined to be just trash? Gather all your shredded papers, and before putting them out to the curb, let your littles enjoy a sensory activity!


  • Tupperware tub, storage bin, old file box – some kind of big receptacle
  • Shredded paper
  • Toys with which to play. Ours are dinosaurs, but they can be anything. Some good examples are:
    • Salad tongs
    • Legos
    • Small toys (like our dinosaurs)
    • Kids’ tweezers/grabbers
    • Twisted up pipe cleaners
    • Old plastic Easter eggs
    • Clean yogurt containers
    • Measuring cups and spoons


  1. Place shredded paper and toys in the bin, and let your child have fun!
  2. Since shredded paper can get EVERYWHERE, we recommend putting down a sheet or blanket first. When your child is finished playing, clean-up is significantly easier! No vacuum needed!


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