Burr, it’s getting cold outside here in Minnesota! I’m missing the days that we could pop up to the park for an hour to get out some energy, or simply run around in the backyard for some fresh air. While we still get out there for little bits of time here and there, there have been several days lately where it actually hurts my face when I step outside. No joke, the wind chill has been that awful already, and it’s technically not even winter yet. Sigh. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you probably don’t live in a cold climate, and I’m just a little jealous. Ok, maybe a lot jealous.
A surefire way to get my tot busy inside, and keep her occupied is to switch out her sensory bin. The bin I use is a clear plastic Sterilite latch bin I found at Target. It’s 11″x 17″, so not super huge, but it’s big enough for her to play in, and the perfect side for me to pick up and store somewhere out of the way when we’re not using it. The latching lid feature is nice should the bin fall so the lid doesn’t fly off and spill your contents all over the floor. No bueno.
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I love sensory bins, you can fill them up with all sort of great things to keep little ones busy and learning. Last month I dyed pasta different colors for our Thanksgiving sensory bin. It was a huge hit, even my Kindergartners got in on the fun! Next month I’m planning on building an ocean sensory bin for my daughter, I’ll be sure to share it when it’s up and running.
Everything that I put in this bin I already had on hand at our house, score! She has been having all sort of fun filling up the cups with cotton balls, covering up the ducks, etc. Since my Kindergartners enjoyed the Thanksgiving bin so much I added the hot chocolate counting cards that we used last year for preschool for them to play with. They have been using my tongs to pick up and count the cotton balls.
Here is the complete list of supplies I rounded up for this sensory bin:
200 Jumbo Sized Cotton Balls (from Target)
Foam Snowflake Shapes
Jingle Bells – here are some cute bells available from Amazon:
Hockey and Christmas ducks
Mini solo cups
Hot Chocolate Counting Cards from The Preschool Toolbox – printed and laminated with my scotch thermal laminator for durability. If you don’t have one, they are awesome!
If you’re tot is ready for them, any kitchen tongs can be tossed into the fun. They will work hard to figure out how to squeeze them together and move those cotton balls around. My two year old wasn’t interested, but my Kindergartners picked them up right away and started counting up cotton balls on the hot chocolate counting cards.
I hope your tot has as much fun as we had here! Maybe you can even get something Christmas wrapping done while they explore their new bin. Or drink coffee and pin stuff, whatever makes you happy 😉