Friday, March 1, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bin

I really like doing holiday and seasonal sensory bins for Jack.  He loves to dig and scoop the material, bury animals in it and smush his fingers around in it.  I try to make it seasonal appropriate, with different colors and different objects.

Want to make your own St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bin?

Here's what you need:

  • white navy beans (I used 2 bags)
  • dried split peas (2 bags)
  • shamrocks
  • gold plastic coins
  • snakes (legend says St. Patrick chased the snakes out of Ireland - read up on it here)
  • green & orange objects (I used several plastic animals)
  • scoops, rakes, small bowls, spoons (if you are Jack, you just run for your dump truck and digger)
  • and of course a bin to put it all in
Dump your beans & peas into the bin (and if you are OCD like me, you'll make it all pretty with stripes) and then add the objects.  

Activities/games you can do with this bin:
  • Name the objects and animals.  What does froggy say?  Where does the fishy live?  
  • Collect all the green objects, bury them and then find them.  
  • Use the scoops to fill a small bowl with beans
  • Play I Spy
  • Scoop up some beans and then pour them out on an overturned bowl and listen to the sound.  Is it loud or soft?  Can you feel the vibration?

I hope you have fun with your kiddo and their sensory bin!  I know Jack loves his :)

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