There are days when we’re stuck inside all day – due to weather, illness or just my general lack of enthusiasm about completing laundry. On those days, I find it pays to have a special “something” up your sleeve. My newest device? The sensory bin.
I knew that kids went gaga over those bean filled tubs in the preschool room where I used to work so I figured I’d give it a try at home. Worried about an explosion of beans? There’s a great article here about setting appropriate boundaries when it comes to sensory boxes. I found the tablecloth under the bin worked perfectly to collect any spills.
Holding up the plastic storage bin are two stools from Ikea, not the sturdiest of options but it did the trick. The beans alone amused Claire for quite a while. She scooped, squeezed and dug for a good half hour. Once the zoo animals went in she pretended to be a zookeeper feeding the animals (beans) and scooping their poop (beans). This cycle of eating and pooping seemed perfectly reasonable to her.
A kind reader directed me to Counting Coconuts where there are tons of ideas for things to include in sensory bins, be sure to check it out.
What’s your secret weapon for amusing your kids when homebound?