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Winter sensory bin for toddlers,homeschooling

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What is a sensory bin?

To learn about sensory bins, you need to know what one is! The simplest definition for us is a tactile experience in a contained area such as a storage container. A sensory bin is a simple container filled with a preferred filler in quantity. Our favorites include craft sand, birdseed, rice and water! The container should be large enough to let your child explore without moving the filler out of the container.  A sensory bin can be easily switched for an unique or novel experience every time!

Why make a sensory bin?

Sensory bins are awesome hands-on tools for children to learn about their world and their senses! Sensory play may calm a child, focus a child, and engage a child. I would love for you to read our story, Here’s what a sensory bin can offer a young child as well as the parent! 

  • Practical Life Skills ~ Sensory bins let a child explore, discover and create play using practical life skills (dumping, filling, scooping) and learn valuable play skills.
  • Play Skills {emotional development} ~ Great for both social play and independent play, sensory bins allow children to play cooperatively or side by side. My son has had many positive experiences over a bin of rice with other children!
  • Language Development ~ Sensory bins increase language development from experiencing with their hands all there is to see and do which leads to great conversations and opportunities to model language.
  • Understanding The Bodies Senses ~ Many sensory play bins include a few of the senses! Touch, sight, sounds, taste and smell are our bodies senses. Children can experience several at a time with a sensory bin. Imagine a bin of brightly colored rainbow rice: touch the loose grains against the skin, see the vivid colors as they mix together, hear the sound of sprinkling over a plastic container or shaken in a plastic egg!

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    2 Responses to “Winter sensory bin for toddlers”

    1. Susan
      9:51 pm on November 30th, 2016

      what a cute sensory bin idea. I love sensory bins. When I worked with kids we made a winter one that include little “christmas” type trees and small presents as well. Sensory bins are one thing I miss about working with your children.

    2. admin
      9:56 pm on November 30th, 2016

      Thank you so much

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