Welcome to day 1 of my ABC series (just a week late). Over the next 5 days I’m going to explore sensory bins and try to offer as many tips and tricks as possible!
Assembling the bins and knowing what to put in is half the battle. I have a base, or template if you will, for each bin. I always have rice, beans, or something similar that can be used for scooping and pour. And naturally, spoons and/or cups.
Next I try to think of my goal with the bin. I love themed bins so I decide on the overall color. Right now I am working on a desert bin and I decided on brown as my main color. I chose brown rice for the base and green cups to look similar to cactus.
Then I like to add some fun things like glow sticks, miniature animal figures, gems, etc! At this point, your imagination is the limit!
Apple: Pink and Green Mama
What is the best sized bin?
I personally think the best sized bin is whatever bin you have available in your house already! I’ve used these Under the Bed Storage Boxes, as well as much smaller bins. Think outside the bin, though! Use a bowl, or a tray! As long as it “contains” the mess it is a good option for a bin!
Buttons: 3 Dinosaurs
Bees: Counting Coconuts
Brave: Counting Coconuts
Balloons: Teach Preschool
Bubbles: Hands on as we Grow
One of my favorite side benefits to sensory bins is the fact that they are naturally messy, and the natural consequence is for the kids to clean up! This is a great lesson in cleaning up after you play.
While playing with a sensory bin I try not to be the “clean nazi” reminding my kids to keep everything in the bin. Instead, I remind them that whatever comes out of the bin must be put back in when they’re finished, so they might as well try to keep the items mostly contained!
Counting: Connecting Family and Seoul
Candy: Counting Coconuts
Camping: Jada Roo Can Do
Coffee: Pink and Green Mama
Cloud: Happy Hooligans
Corn: Hands on as we Grow
Cowboy: Jada Roo Can Do
So many people are concerned with their children dumping out the box – this is another one of those popular questions and/or concerns!
To date, my kids have never just dumped out a box. We’ve had boxes split, but never intentionally dumped. If they were to dump it out, we would clean it up and promptly put it away, and then try again another time. Logi-Bear has not participated with many of our sensory bins yet, but we are working on integrating him into our sensory play. To start, I keep his experiences with the bins short, so he does not get bored and start throwing everything. While he is still in the learning stage, I have to keep a close eye on him anyway, so it’s easy to be there to intervene when any dumping or throwing begins. In the event that something is dumped out or thrown, I verbally remind him that we do not throw/the contents stay IN the bin and direct him to clean up what has been dumped out. If it continues I will warn him that we will have to put away the sensory bin, or just put it away if he seems bored or uninterested.
Stay consistent with the rules and they will not dump out the bins!
Ducks: Jada Roo Can Do
Check out more ABC series from other great bloggers!
Learning Through Play:
- Baking with Kids from Life at the Zoo
- Bath Activities for Kids from Bath Activities for Kids
- Discovery Bottles from Teach Preschool
- Farming for Children from Glittering Muffins
- Fitness for Kids from 3 Dinosaurs
- Imaginative Play from Train up a Child
- Kids Activities from Growing a Jeweled Rose
- Learning Through Play from Love Play & Learn
- Learning Toys & Manipulatives from This Reading Mama
- Movement Activities for Young Kids from AngeliqueFelix.com
- Play Dough from The Imagination Tree
- Playing with Light from Graham and Parker
- Preschool Play from Its Our Long Story
- Sensory Bins from Royal Baloo
- Sensory Play from Creative Play House
- Toddler Activities from Toddler Approved
- Winter Outdoor Play from Pleasantest Thing