We’ve really been living it up with our sensory bins the last couple weeks. We play with one of our friends quite frequently, and some days when she comes in the door, she likes to go and take a peek at what’s in the bin today. I usually change it up weekly, so usually it’s a new material! I almost always get an “ooh” or “aah”. I try to use things we have in large quantity in our cupboard, or something that is cheap for ease of use.
Oatmeal Sensory Bin
I used oatmeal for this one, and I added a little cinnamon just for a bit of smell.
We used our typical recycled materials like mason jars, measuring spoons, measuring cups, yogurt cups. Their favourite activity seemed to be to put the mason jar upside down then dump right on top of it until you couldn’t tell where in the bin it was anymore.
The texture of oatmeal is quite different, plus with the little sand that comes with it as well, makes for a nice item for the bin. I especially like that when it falls on the floor it doesn’t roll away, and it’s safe for the dog to eat without worrying too much about him. There’s a lot of filling/dumping, and pouring/dumping going on. Mr J’s pouring skills have gotten a real workout as of late.
My young friends had a terrific time with it for over 30 minutes which was a definite success.
What’s in your sensory bin this week?
a passionate recreation coordinator by day, crazy farm mama of two by night. i live outdoors: growing my own food, camping and hiking with my border collie with two active kids in tow. when I’m not writing, I’m experimenting with recipes, and crafts – or anything else that might keep the monkeys entertained.