As proof that I don't only make printables for a homeschool year that hasn't started yet, I thought I'd post a few pictures of the things my toddlers do while I make printables. This bug bin was set up for my almost 2 year old. The bugs are from the Dollar Store, as is the shot glass (I love those colorful things!). The sensory material is black beans (about 1/2 cup). The bin is a small shoe-box sized (but with shorter walls) container from Walmart. I love this size for sensory bin/small world play because they fit so nicely on the kids' high chair trays. Surprisingly, my younger toddler is really good about keeping the materials in the bin. I have to watch him for signs of boredom though because he still shows me he's all done by dumping the bucket on the floor. I know that this isn't a particularly interesting sensory bin but it kept Skimmer happy for about 30 min, at which time I switched out the bin contents and he was content for another 20 min of so. Another advantage of sensory bins is the specialness of them. I only get them out occasionally and that makes them a privilege. I also reserve these bins for happy times, not for times when everything is falling apart. If they're well rested (like right after a nap), then they can enjoy things pretty easily and without much mess.