As I was collecting things for this bin, I thought it was not going to be what I wanted it to be at all. I always have these wonderful ideas in my head and then have to adjust based on what I can find in my errand-running. Even after I put this bin together I wasn't convinced about it. But, Boogie is completely in love with it.
So, what's in the bin this month?
* split green peas- the base for dumping, pouring and transferring (walmart .62 a bag- I used 4)
* plastic container- scooping, dumping, pouring, opening and closing (target dollar spot)
* green plastic reindeer cup- scooping, dumping, pouring (I have had it for years)
* tiny plastic gifts- counting, colors (Target or Walmart for a couple dollars)
* mini bows- counting, colors (Target or Walmart. I think it was 10 for .97)
* bells- counting, colors, sound (Walmart. Good sized bag for 2.50 or so)
* small plastic ornaments- color, counting, sorting by shiny and glittery (Target dollar spot. I bought 4 tubes of different colors. I think there are 12 or 16 in a tube)
* empty container of peppermint extract- smell, open and close, scooping, dumping, pouring (used this for the play dough. It was 2.50 at Walmart I think)
* plastic candy canes- counting (Dollar Tree)
* battery operated candle- light, fine motor skills with pushing the button (stocking stuffer for me several years ago)
* gold glittery pine cones- counting (Dollar Zone)
* red and green tops- fine motor skills, counting (Dollar Zone)
* empty candy cane tube- scooping, dumping, pouring, opening and closing (Dollar Tree)
* nutcracker- working the lever to open and close the mouth (Target dollar spot)
*fake poinsettias- counting (Dollar Zone)
* celtic stone nativity- pretend play (my aunt brought it back for me from Ireland)
* stocking- in and out (also mine from who knows when)
EDIT- When I put this together I forgot to include a couple things that have since gone in the bin.
* green plastic spoon- scooping, dumping (take and toss toddler spoon from our drawer)
* red and green pipe cleaners- for stringing the ornaments by color. Don't have silver and gold in my stash at the moment. (in large packs that I already had on hand)
One of the things I love about this sensory bin is that it hits 4 of the senses. It is my first bin to do that. Also, as far as touch goes, there are more textures in this one I think then there have been before. There is plastic, metal, stone, paper, fabric, wood and then whatever category the pine cones and peas fall into.
Want to see Boogie's other sensory bins?
Back to School/September
Want to see what else Boogie is up to?
Christmas Tot Trays
Christmas green, glittery, peppermint play dough
Christmas Book Advent (and advent linky party!)
Linking up to these great parties!