Our Water Sensory Bin is probably our quickest ever sensory activity to set up.
I only had to find the items, pour water into a bowl and that was it! I laid out a large towel on the floor and placed our 33 Litre Really Useful Under Bed Plastic Storage Box on top. I then slotted our usual green sensory bin into the plastic box and filled it with water.
I gave my son a selection of items found from the kitchen. These included ice cube trays, a variety of different sized funnels, Jumbo Droppers in a stand, the twisty dropper from our Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set and a set of multi-coloured test tubes in a rack. My son placed the majority of these items into the bottom of the storage box.
He has had little experience of using the Jumbo Droppers. At first he got frustrated with them. He kept trying to remove the droppers from the water before they had filled. Therefore, when he squeezed them no water came out. I had to demonstrate several times how to use them effectively.
He soon learnt to squeeze the flexi rubber before the dropper went into the water. Once it was under the water he let the rubber part go and watched the water fill. Once he had developed this technique he was able to play independently.
My son discovered that the funnels could fit inside the plastic test tubes. He spent ages filling the Jumbo Droppers with water and squirting the water down the funnel into the test tubes. Once they were filled he emptied the test tube out into the box.
After he had mastered the Jumbo Droppers he tried the Twisty Dropper. He loved watching the water go down the zig zag plastic shoot.
Once the plastic test tubes had been filled and emptied several times my son turned his attention to the ice cube trays. He filled each individual ice cube section in turn, one squirt at a time.
I love how much fun my son had with our water sensory bin. I was amazed at how long he persevered. He was focused throughout and explored different methods of filling each test tube. Not bad for the amount of time I spent setting the activity up!