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Making Mud Pies – Kids Sensory Play

Making Mud Pies - Kids Sensory Play

You know those things that seemed like a good idea when you first thought of them, but then they turn out to be a little more involved than you expected? This was one of those. We live in suburbia. We have a third-acre plot of grass with a house in the middle. There’s no field and no patches of bare earth, but we do have a tree row on one side that offers plentiful ticks and brambles. Also some nice shade on hot summer afternoons. We have no place for my kids to sit in the mud or play in … Read more

Easter Eggs Sensory Bin

Frugal Easter Egg Sensory Bin

The last time I put together a sensory bin for my girls was a disaster. Well, it was a disaster for Allie. Grace loved it. Like always, I failed to pack it up and put it away, so it’s still sitting in a dishpan in my dining room. I’m just on the ball like that. Anyway. I learned a little something from that St. Patrick’s Day experience and No Time for Flashcards. I put a few cups of fruity o’s (or whatever the generic Fruit Loops are called) in a bowl with a SOLO cup, a tiny scoop, and two … Read more

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin

St. Patrick's Day sensory bin

When Grace was little, I was really an ambitious mom. I learned how to make sensory bins for her, and she loved them. I always thought they were fun at first, but then a huge pain in the arse after that. I always left them out too long, and I picked up little pieces of whatever for weeks after. I hadn’t put a sensory bin together since Allie was born (unless you count the bins of Barbies, doll house furniture, blocks, and books in the living room that she dumps out on a daily basis), but Grace found an old … Read more

How to Make a Sensory Bin

How to make a fun sensory bin for kids - Toddlers and preschoolers love sensory materials! Colored rice, lentils, popcorn, dried beans, and other small items make the perfect base for stickers, pompoms, and other slightly larger bits. Children love to pour, sift, and play in this mixture.

What is a Sensory Bin? A sensory bin is a container filled with a substance that invites play, like sand, water, unpopped popcorn kernels, lentils or other dried beans, rice, water beads or birdseed. Most of the time, there are larger items in the bin as well, such as plastic letters, people figures, animal figures, or pompoms. The container needs to be big enough to allow for free movement of the filler substance without it spilling over the edges. Why make a Sensory Bin? Sensory bins are awesome for kids. They provide a sensory experience that many kids (and adults) … Read more