Entertaining a toddler can be extremely tough when you are feeling ill. I wanted an activity that would keep my son occupied yet didn’t need me to prepare anything. Luckily the last letter of the alphabet in our A-Z Sensory Play series meant I could create a Zero Sensory Bin.
Our Zero Sensory Bin is named Zero for two reasons. Number one – the activity was a Zero Set Up Sensory Bin. It took no time whatsoever to prepare. I literally poured a container of Cherrios cereal into our green sensory bin and that was it. What sensory bin set up could be easier than that?
Reason number two – the multigrain hoop cereal looked like the number zero. In fact it was my son who decided the activity was a Zero Sensory Bin. It was a container so hundreds of little zeros.
I could have let my son explore the zero cereal sensory bin as it was. He enjoyed feeling the texture of the cereal and moving his hands around the bin.
However, I wanted to use the Zero Sensory bin to extend his fine motor skills. I wanted him to practise threading and the hoops seemed the ideal size. I placed some raw spaghetti into the sensory bin as this was the only long yet thin item I could quickly find.
I set my son a challenge to see how many zeros he could thread onto a piece of spaghetti. Immediately he set to work. However, as soon as he threaded the first zero onto the spaghetti it fell off the other end. I rectified this issue by adding a small amount of white tac to the bottom of the spaghetti.
My son had to be extremely careful with the spaghetti. If he held it too tightly the spaghetti snapped in half. It also broke if he tried to force the Cheerio onto it. His record was placing 30 zeros onto the spaghetti.
This activity kept my son occupied for ages as it required perseverance and good fine motor skills. It also meant I could lay on the couch for a little longer.