You can also use sensory bins to practice counting. Any item in your bin could be used to count! If you have enough cups and gems, you could put the cups in a row and put 1 in the first, 2 in the second, and so on!
In a similar fashion, you could use the gems and cups to practice addition, subtraction, and greater than/less than! Make 2 piles of gems and have your child add them, subtraction them, or tell you which one has more! You could also print out the addition/subtraction/comparison sheets in one of my packs (such as the snowman pack Kindergarten Pack 2) and use those to help!
I don’t really have a large variety of different items for my bins. I try to keep my base items the same using either rice (white and/or brown), split peas, black eyed peas, or black beans. If I’m not using one of those items, I’ll probably use something that is a one time use like shaving cream, water, or jell-O.
I keep all of our gems in one big ziploc bag, but it usually stays with our math supplies since we typically use the gems for math. I don’t keep them separated by color (yet!).
All of our little animals stay in ziplocs based on the theme (We have arctic animals, desert animals, dogs, farm animals, dinosaurs…). Although, they are a popular item so they often end up in the toy bin and I have to fish them out!
I have a specific set of spoons, cups, plastic shot glasses (I got mine from the grocery store, but couldn’t find that brand on amazon), and funnels that are just for our sensory bins. Aside from the shot glasses, we got the rest at dollar tree. These items stay in the current sensory bin at all times, so I don’t worry about organizing them. Any other items we add come from the kitchen, and one we are done they get put back away in the kitchen!
The hardest thing to organize are random pieces that only go with certain themes. I try to collect great sensory items as I see them and typically keep them in their packaging until they are used. They are thrown into our bucket until we put the bin together.
Today I’m linking to the bloggers in the School Activities category!
- A Waldorf Mama from Triple T Mum
- After School Activities from The Educators Spin On It
- Hands-on History from Adventures in Mommydom
- Home Daycare or Family Child Card from My Buddies and I
- Homeschooling from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom
- How to Home Preschool from In Lieu of Preschool
- Math Activities from Blog Me Mom
- Montessori from Living Montessori Now
- Science Activities & Play from Science Sparks
- Teaching Math from Montessori Tidbits
- Thrifty Teaching Tools from Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers