We have received a box in a mail with items covered with packing peanuts. Perfect for sensory bin! So, we decided to set fun and yummy Easter chocolate egg hunt with packing peanuts. They are large enough to hide little chocolate eggs and easy enough for little fingers to move around the sensory bin.
If you received packing peanuts in your incoming mail, think about the ways to use it for play before shipping it off to another destination or trashing it.
Materials for Easter chocolate egg hunt bin
We used for this sensory bin:
- packing peanuts (from recycle bin)
- chocolate eggs (find here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom)
- cardboard box (from recycle bin)
- a tray
We used cardboard box for sensory bin because we tried to use as many items from the recycle bin. You can replace cardboard box with your usual sensory bin.
Preparing sensory bin for Easter chocolate egg hunt
Setting this yummy sensory bin is super simple:
- First fill the bin with chocolate eggs.
- Spread packing peanuts over chocolate eggs.
- Place a tray next to the bin.
- Invite toddler to hunt!
You can also add a bunch of random items you have around the home in the sensory bin. We used things like small toys, small containers (jewelry and such), laces, or you can use Easter themed items like empty plastic eggs, small chicks, bunnies, flowers, etc. Whatever you have around will be fine. After all, my toddler was only interested in finding chocolate eggs!
Let’s hunt for Easter eggs!
After you have put it all in the box / bin, let your toddler search through the content and find the items you have placed inside. Of course, my little girl was impressed when she found her first chocolate egg because I didn’t tell her what I have placed inside. I love seeing her surprised!
After she found the first chocolate egg, she was all into hunting all the others! And eating them! Probably nobody wouldn’t mind sensory bin involving chocolate, right?
Tray was needed to hold the chocolate eggs as toddler finds them. Or more accurately, to hold wrapping paper because she ate chocolate eggs as she found them!
Pair Easter sensory bin with a book!
My toddler loves when we sit down and read a book. She also enjoys when we pair a story with an activity. It’s the simplest was to expand toddler’s vocabulary. This time, we read 2 books before she began hunting for chocolate eggs in a sensory bin.
Where could the Easter eggs be? Children will discover colorful springtime objects under each of the six sturdy flaps until… they find Baby’s Easter eggs in a fold-out finale. Find the book Where Are Baby’s Easter Eggs?: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Karen Katz here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
Young children will turn the wheel to hide brightly colored Easter eggs inside baskets, under flowers, behind rocks, and even in hands. After the egg is hidden, it’s time to guess where it is! Lift the flap for the reveal in this game-in-a-book, then play again (and again) for hours of eggs-citing fun! Find book Eggs Are Everywhere here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
Today’s post is part of 60 Day Junk Play Challenge and we had as material prompt today PACKING PEANUTS.
If you would like more ideas to play with packing peanuts, stop by In The Playroom who also had fun today playing with packing peanuts!
To read more about Junk Play Challenge and get involved upcycling your trash for play, stop by our 60 Day Junk Play Challenge page.
Other fun activities for Easter
Here are few ideas for fun and engaging activities you can try with your child around Easter:
- Paint Easter eggs using shaving foam paint. It’s messy and fun!
- Count and play racing egg game!
- Make a sheep puppet and throw a show!