The best part of waking up is Folgers in your... sensory bin... Okay the rhyme falls short, but we have been having a lot of fun playing with our coffee bin lately! My house has never smelled better and the kids have been enjoying learning about flowers, bugs and construction! I love when I can set up one activity and keep it fresh for a few days with new accessories, it's almost too easy!
Gardening Sensory Bin
In case anyone was curious where I find all of the random stuff we use during playtime, I love thrift stores, consignment sales, Ebay, and then Amazon (check the warehouse first though!). I'm kind of a super organized hoarder when it comes to kid stuff, whenever I find something I know I could use for an activity, I pick it up and store it away until the idea comes to fruition. These sensory bins are a great example of that, I've had the clay pot for a year, free from the Airman's Attic in Hawaii, the tools were $3 on an Amazon sale, and the flower was a little gift our landlord gave Aurora a couple of weeks ago! Compiling all of the gardening stuff is what inspired me to grab some coffee and let the kids play in the "dirt" this week!
We've never really been garden people, I have a thumb that's black as night... Seriously, I haven't met a plant that I can keep alive yet (please pray for my dying succulents). So, I decided to try faux gardening and teach Aurora how to plant a flower, in theory at least. They both had a blast scooping up the "dirt" and filling the pot, pressing our bean seed in to a child sized thumb indent and covering it with the topsoil. We added some pretend rain and lo and behold, a very lifelike rose bloomed from our bean. ;)
Construction Sensory Bin
Gray had fun with this one! He is starting to really gravitate towards cars lately, so it was a lot of fun to nurture his little passion and show him how the excavator scoops and the bulldozer dozes. :)
Bug Catching Sensory Bin
This was a fun fine motor and language building activity, both kids are getting pretty adept at tweezing, Gray still uses two hands, but he can do it! They would pick up their critters and we would discuss what color it was (with Gray), and what type of bug it was (with Aurora). Later, when Jon came home, he made a point of pointing out which bugs should be avoided and reported to an adult if seen... I feel like he would make a good Public Safety Announcement guy lol.
For more sensational sensory ideas, check out my Pinterest board devoted to exploring the senses! Follow Brigette @ Life Lesson Plans's board Kids: Sensory & Small World Bins on Pinterest.