I have a couple of big bins that I call sensory bins. Mostly we just use them for mixing stuff for messy play. Recently I added a bunch of Christmas items to the biggest bin.
There are so many decorations that have wonderful sensory qualities but wouldn’t be acceptable to have as loose parts in the playroom with infants & toddlers (and cats). Putting them in a sensory bin gives the opportunity for exploring these materials in a safe, contained, easy to supervise manner.
I included some of our tubes which were used as funnels for dropping other items through. The bead chains were a challenge because if you let go before you got them in past the half way point the weight of the chain pulled the whole thing out. It was frustrating but with a little trial and error and a lot of persistence there was success.
Many of the children enjoyed wrapping and tying the long strands.
Decorating the tubes was very popular – sometimes you couldn’t even see the tube after it was decorated.
I was going to add scented items to the bin but it still smells like the sweet grass we had stored in it last year – Mmmm. I did add some bells, they don’t make much noise if you hold them but sound great as you dig through the bin.
So many colours, shapes, and textures to explore. These star shaped springs were fascinating.
The older children enjoyed collecting and sorting all the tiny, little rubber shapes (erasers – hundreds of them). It was like a tactile seek & find.
We are all really enjoying this bin.