I tried my first sensory bin! Hello, Pinterest!! Some of those ideas actually work!! I used black beans and sand toys and Z loved it! He scooped up the beans and poured them into the bin, trying all different tools and toys. He loved the feel of the beans and pushed them between his fingers and squeezed them in his hands.
It was all great…until he decided to see how much fun it would be to spray them all over the house!! To try to contain this new-found joy and prevent me from spending the rest of the afternoon picking up beans I replaced the original beach towel with a sheet. It worked a little better but next time I’ll be making a few changes!
He really loved the activity and I love the idea of finding creative play activities for him but I’m definitely going to explore some options that require less clean up time for me. And won’t leave me finding black beans on my dark wood floor for the next month!
Things to change for next time:
- playing outside with the sensory bin!!
- lighter beans (pinto beans, probably) so it’s easier to spot them when cleaning up in the family room.
- since there’s no way we’re going to eat them, maybe an even cheaper food, like rice!
Every time he sees the bin with the sand toys in it he asks to play again so I will be needing to try these soon! I’ll update if I find anything better!
Have you tried a sensory bin with your kids? What worked best inside the bin? Where did they play with the bin?