New Year’s Eve is all done there is loads of confetti and sequins everywhere. Well, guess what we took that and put it in a sensory bin to play with!
It is a simple and easy bin to make and easy to change up for any season.
I can hear you thinking, your girls are older now. Why do they want a sensory bin? Who says a sensory bin has to be limited to just preschool and younger kids!
As I said above my girls still like sensory bins. Even my oldest who I will catch playing in the bin on her own. I set out a new or old sensory bin every 2 weeks.
We rotate what is in the bin or what the theme is! I’m always looking for easy bins that I can reuse at any time.
Our sensory bins are part of our calm down area in the house. It is an option for when my girls need that sensory input or just need to calm down before we do homework or other sitting activities.
What you need for this bin:
On our their favorite activities no matter the bin is the scoop and pour. They just love it. It could be the sound the rice or other items make or just the motion of the scooping.
Fine Motor Activities or Challenges
In the bin this time I put a set of tweezers. I gave them the challenge to pick up just stars or circles out of the bin and put it in a cup. This gave them a fine motor challenge. Plus they could not get any rice in the cup. After I gave them the challenge and watched them start doing the activity. I left them to see how many they could get in a minute or two.
After they finished up the sequins, I gave them the challenge of picking up pieces of rice! This was much harder for them to do but loads of fun.
I gave them a final challenge and told them to pick out the sequins using their fingers. This builds fine motor skills that at least one of my daughters needs. It is a simple way to get those skills without doing fine motor
Changing It for Each Season
I said at the start that you can change it up for each season! It is easy because there are always different themed sequins or confetti! We recently did the same bin but for Christmas with Christmas confetti and small jingle bells! So simple and easy to make!
Storing Your Simple Sensory Bin
Now if you are like me I don’t want to dig out sequins from the bin. But I don’t have it. I can just take the rice and sequins and put it in a ziplock bag! This allows me to pull out this sensory bin idea at any time I want. That I put this sensory bin on a card they can pull for calm down time and I just have put it back in the bin. Then my girls can have the fun they want to have.
You can also store it that way in the room. Just put it in a gallon ziplock back with the tools and leave it in the bin. I recommend making a paper funnel to put the rice in the bag.
Check out these other sensory bins:
Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com