Not all sensory bins have to be complex or have various themes to them. Some sensory bins can be used year round. One such bin is this wood bead sensory bin.
This is simple and easy to put together. Plus you can add items to the bin or take away if you want. This is a bin that I’ll leave around for a while. You never know what they will do with the beads. It is not hard to find the beads either. I bought most of mine with coupons.
What you need: bin, pipe cleaner, cups and wood beads. Here are two of the types of beads on amazon: One Package of 150 pieces Darice Round Wood Beads Assorted Natural, Tan and Brown Colors and Sizes and Wood Beads-Round-Assorted Colors.
One of the first thing Mary always does with a sensory bin is collect something, in this case beads, in a cup and then pour them out. She loves to see them fall and hear the sound. The beads all make different sounds based on their size.
Then she did some treading of beads on the pipe cleaner. I tied a bead at the end of the pipe cleaner to make sure the beads stay on.
After she finish her tread of beads, she we looked at the different beads on the string and compared them.
Then we matched up the beads from the bin to those on the string.
After that she played around with the bin. She will play off and on with it for a week or more at a time. She will always do something different each time. Plus then her sisters will also play with the bin as well. It is something fun for everyone.
Check out these other sensory bins:
Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com