DIY Sensory Funnel System

Updated: Aug 16

An amazing DIY sensory funnel system is a great twist to add to sensory bins!

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This amazing DIY sensory funnel system is a great twist to add to sensory bins! This simple structure made from PVC pipe can be used indoors or out and works great with a variety of sensory bases- keep reading for a list of our favorites!


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The sensory funnel system is quick and easy to build (it was a date night activity for my husband and I).

Here's what our DIY sensory funnel system looks like:

Here's what you'll need to build the sensory funnel system:


Here are the cuts you'll need to make from the PVC Pipe.


The options are endless when it comes to sensory play!

Here are some sensory base options to use with the DIY sensory funnel system:

  • Water

  • Water beads

  • Corn kernels

  • Small pebbles

  • Dried chickpeas

  • Beans

  • Lentils

  • Sand (this is Crayola Play Sand)

  • Cornmeal

  • Dried rice

  • Dried pasta

  • Coffee beans

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Simply toss the sensory base in the large storage container, add a few cups, bowls, spoons, muffin tins, or loose parts and place the funnel system on top of (or inside) the sensory bin. Scoop, pour, create, and watch the sensory base fall through the pipes!


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