Hot Cocoa Sensory Bin and Free Recipe Template Cover

Hot Cocoa Sensory Bin and Free Recipe Template

This adorable hot cocoa sensory bin is the perfect winter themed sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers. It is taste safe, simple to throw together, and works on fine and gross motor skills.

For this sensory bin, you will need Cocoa Puffs or Cocoa Krispies cereal, marshmallows, candy canes, chocolate chips, mugs, spoons, scoops, and more. You can also use the printable hot chocolate sensory bin recipe cards PDF below to practice reading directions, numbers, and more.

For other fun winter sensory bin ideas be sure to also check out this “The Mitten” themed sensory bin for kids.

Hot Cocoa Sensory Bin and Free Printable Template

Ways to Use a Hot Cocoa Sensory Bin with Kids

*If completing this hot chocolate sensory bin with older children you can include the free printable hot chocolate recipe templates. Each recipe includes a number of items for them to put in each cup of hot cocoa. This will help with number recognition skills as well as reading directions.

Children will love following the recipes and handing out hot cocoa to everyone. You can even add in fake money and have them take orders and pay and make change with their hot chocolate.

Toddlers and preschoolers will love simply making the hot chocolate with the items in the bin. Turn it into a hot chocolate shop, a sensory bin for play,  or even a fun-themed winter snack they can play with.

*Older babies and young toddlers will love scooping, pouring, tasting, smelling, and more. Just give them cups, scoops, and spoons and let them go to town.

 *A few of the items included could be choking hazards if your baby doesn’t have enough teeth (marshmallows, chocolate chips, candy cane). Only include items that your baby can put in their mouth safely. That may mean just giving them a bin of cocoa krispies if needed.

Hot Cocoa Sensory Bin and Free Printable PDF

Hot Chocolate Sensory Bin With Free Recipe Template


  • Cocoa Krispies OR Cocoa Puffs Cereal
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Mini Candy Canes
  • Mugs
  • Scoops & Spoons
  • Large Bucket or Basket
  • Free Hot Chocolate Sensory Bin PDF Template

Hot Chocolate Sensory Bin Directions

1. Fill a large bucket, tray, or basket with Cocoa Puffs or Cocoa Krispies cereal. You will need 3/4 or a whole box depending on how large your tray is.

2. Sprinkle half a bag of marshmallows on top of the cereal.

3. Sprinkle a handful of chocolate chips on top of the cereal.

4. Drop individual candy canes on top of the cereal mixture. *Keep them wrapped for a much less sticky activity if desired.

5. Add in cups, mugs, spoons, measuring cups, scoops, and more.

6. Print out the recipe templates and put them next to the sensory bin. Allow little ones to play and explore.

Free Printable Hot Chocolate Sensory Bin

Be sure to check out this collection of winter sensory bins for more fun sensory play ideas.

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