You know kids learn by using their senses, but what's a busy parent to do?

Start with plaY

But ?

You can spend hours researching ideas on Pinterest, then pack up the kids and head to the craft store, or worse, Target . . . because we all know you’re not leaving there without at least three items from the dollar section, snacks to tide the group over while you shop, wipes because of the snacks, and somehow in all your efforts a random shirt ends up in your purchases. You feel more overwhelmed than ever because you haven’t accomplished anything.

All you need to do is think inside the

Make your life easier with

Mama May i

sensory bins

Everything you need is delivered to your door in a beautifully curated kit for ages 3 and up. And without all the hair pulling (or wasted gas driving around to find everything to make a quality resource), you can actually spend time playing with your little ones.

No more feeling like you need to cut down a tree and learn to use a skill saw or get a degree in child development.

You can finally help your kiddos explore by giving them tools that use their senses.

Why choose Mama May i?

You love watching your little ones make important discoveries through play – the type of unique play that doesn’t include batteries. And now you can intentionally join them and get lost in the magic too!

Meet the behind Mama May i

"Children make sense of their world through sensing their world."

Jessica Perkins,Toymaker, Founder and Principal Designer of Mama May i

 

What makes Mama May i sensory bins different?

Philosophy

You want what’s best for your child. That’s why you push away the plastic clutter and blinking lights from our disposable and fast-paced culture to make room for beautiful and sustainable toys. 

I construct these handmade sensory bins to match the way you want to parent. You’ll finally connect with your kid through calm and child-led play. 

Nothing will delight you more than watching little hands reach for objects, feel textures and sort shapes. As you snuggle in close enough to see an inquisitive expression, you’ll be reminded of what really matters. 

When your kid counts hand-carved treasures and then looks at you with pride, you’ll get that feeling you get when you make the best choice. 

These are the memories you’ll share. It’s simple, really. But here’s the thing, your kid won’t know the creations blend the best of developmental psychology and design, inspired by Montessori, Reggio, and Waldorf methodologies. You’ll know. And you get to become the parent your young one needs.

Quality

Wouldn’t you feel better about giving your child a sensory bin that’s filled with natural stones, heirloom-quality bowls (painted with non-toxic sealants) and delightful sewn treasures (made from recycled fabrics), instead of endless plastic trinkets? 

Plus, the contents work together to help your kid also make sense of the changing seasons. But most importantly, the child you love will connect closely to you but also gain independence.

Support

I design and curate each bin with your little ones in mind. Consider me as your go-to friend who offers solutions to the overwhelming possibilities found on Pinterest. 

You don’t have time to find all of the ingredients needed for a quality sensory bin. And it’s pretty rare that someone can say “nailed it” and really mean it. Less time spent searching for toys that matter means more time learning, playing and connecting. 

And don’t worry if you’ve forgotten how to play. Each kit includes different “Ways to Play” activity sheets to guide learning through play, book recommendations and fun recipes for exploration. 

Afterall, play is the work of childhood.

Everything you need to encourage sensory play is all in one place!

The items have been tested by young explorers across the globe, so all you need to do is open the box and let the exploration begin.

Busy hands scoop and pour and scoop some more. Swoosh, rattle, plop. Touching different textures will stimulate the senses. Grasping small pieces will develop fine motor skills. Your explorer won’t even know that this type of activity actually engages neural pathways. Playing like this feels soothing and safe. That’s when open-ended play happens, so listen closely and you’ll hear imaginative storytelling and curious questions.

How our sensory bins benefit kids:

  • Stimulates senses
  • Invites open-ended exploration
  • Develops fine motor skills
  • Soothes the mind
  • Engages neural pathways
  • Teaches storytelling
  • Encourages questions
  • Nurtures focus
  • Fosters independence

What playFull parents are saying:

BEAUTIFUL

“There was no detail left out of this kit, and as a Mama who focuses on beautiful and carefully selected toys, I really appreciate that.”

HELPFUL

“I absolutely love that I received a list of some suggested books to check out from our library. Adding in a story that is fitting for the scene provided brings this sensory bin to an entirely different level.”

What’s inside?

I spend time researching and curating each bin with sustainable products to prompt curiosity and help your explorer understand gravity, shapes, sounds, colors and textures. But most importantly, you’ll experience simple pleasures together that have enduring effects. You’ll know you’re doing something exceptional for the child you love and the world you share.

Each kit is a window to imaginative excavation and includes “Ways to Play” activity sheets (ideas to help your sensory seekers connect through play), base materials (like grain, beans or sand), a basic tool (scoop, rolling pin or tongs) and seasonally-themed items like:

  • recycled felt leaves
  • wooden-shaped pumpkins
  • paper mache pots
  • tree-shaped puzzles
  • multi-colored acorns
  • rainbow counting beads
  • cinnamon sticks
  • and more

Your first kit comes with a durable wooden box that can be used for future kits.

Perfect for ages 3+

1. SUBSCRIBE

Pick a subscription plan that works best for you. Start with one month or commit to collecting all of the seasons and lock in our best rate! (3 month or 6 month plans are also available on the checkout page). – Free shipping within the U.S.

2. PLAY

Play and explore – Watch your kid make sense of the world.

3. CONNECT

Connect and become the playFull parent you want to be.

4. EXPLORE

Anxiously await your next month’s kit so you can explore and connect with a new season!

Returns and exchanges accepted within 14 days of delivery

We are now filling orders for May!

Because our sensory subscription boxes are handmade, all orders placed by the first of the month are guaranteed to ship out on the 15th. If you place your order between the 1st and 15th, your first order may come the following month, depending on our supply.

Better yet . . . collect all of the seasons AND lock in your savings for a full year for the best pricing.