Winter is surely not my favorite season! Today we have played with spring inspired sensory bin in hope to call in spring to come faster!
Today is day 22 of 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge and these past weeks have been full of new sensory experiences for my children, both toddler, and big sister. Many sensory play ideas and mediums we used for the first time during this Challenge and I was surprised how well my kids responded!
Sensory play if fun even when children don’t have any sensory issues! It’s like discovering a whole new world using many senses we usually don’t use in classic play!
Setting up this sensory bin was extremely easy – we used beans for “rocks / dirt” and green colored rice for the “grass” part. I used some scrapbooking supplies from my stash – cut out flowers, fabric butterflies, wooden girls with lollipops. In the beginning, it looked like shown on the picture just bellow.
To color rice green, I placed 2 cups of rice we used for winter sensory bin in a plastic bag, added 5-6 drops of green food coloring, 1 tsp of rubbing alcohol, closed the bag and squashed it in my hands until all rice was uniformly colored green. Then spread it out on a plate for couple minutes to dry completely. I prepared other things during that time.
Of course, as soon as toddler came in, she has stuck her finger in green rice (we haven’t played with colored rice before) and began to sip it all over the beans and other items in the bin. Soon enough, everything was mixed! She had fun burying wooden dolls in beans and making them stand.
After a while, she brought her cups and asked if I can bring out her play kitchen so she can play with it. There was a lot of transferring from one cup to another, and to pots and pans. Sadly, I still have to get her to stay still for at least a second to get clear pictures without fuzziness of toddler moving! Overall, this was fun to play with for an almost hour and a half, really long for a toddler! Mom was totally surprised!
To get a bit more background about the importance of sensory play, we recommend you to read book Sensory Bins: the What, the How & the Why. It has basics covered with many play ideas, all in easy to understand language (for parents like me!). And we recommend another e-book we found very helpful and will surely try many ideas found here: Rice Play e-Book (this is where we picked up a trick for coloring rice we used here!).
In January, we are participating in 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge with the different daily sensory prompt. You can read more about this challenge over at Adventures of Adam.
TOMORROW WE ARE PLAYING WITH
Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.