Sensory bins represent nearly limitless possibilities for child’s sensory development. Mixed with imaginative play, no two sensory bins will have the same life. Have a look what happened to our ‘forest sensory bin’ 🙂
Following last-year’s winter forest disaster in our country when many trees bent and fell under a thick layer of glaze ice, there is still an occasional tractor to be seen pulling tree trunks out and clearing our local forest. While on a walk, I just couldn’t resist the heavenly smell of the freshly chopped branches of spruce and pine trees, and ended up carrying out a large bunch of spruce tree branches, some pieces of pine bark, a few sticks, and green moss. These ended up in our apartment:
I offered these natural materials to our kid, together with a transparent Ikea bin, to form a living environment for his toys for the day:
USEFUL HINT: I’d suggest you to place an old bed sheet under the sensory bin already at the beginning of the activity, if you’d like to avoid running around with a vacuum cleaner.
And this is how nearly every play activity ends these days: with our kid’s favorite Cat digger. It came to help clean the mess at the end of the activity.
And yes, if you are thinking about the way I brought these materials, it’s waaaay more interesting if you go gathering them TOGETHER with your TODDLER. In which case you’d probably like to try out this idea, too: