FINALLY! Here is our winter sensory bin! It only took me forever and a day to post it. I don't have a picture with natural lighting before Boogie got to it, but it is still pretty. I went with things that reminded me of snow, winter or one of the Poles, as well as things that were white, silver, blue and/or sparkly.
So, what's in the bin?
* cotton balls- base (dumping, pouring and transferring.)
* polar bear bath squirt toy- pretend play (from a set Boogie got ages ago)
* stuffed polar bear- pretend play (my mom gave it to him from a happy meal)
* artic toob- pretend play, counting, color recognition, expand vocabulary (bought at Michaels with a coupon for $5)
* pipe cleaner snowflakes- counting points (used 3 or 4 pipe cleaners for each one from a $2 set from Michaels)
* blue and white/clear/star flat marbles- counting, sorting by color or
shape (we already had some and we bought some at Michaels. I think a
small bag was $3)
* Styrofoam balls- counting (Michaels. A couple dollars)
* Small pack of snowflake embellishments- counting total or by color, sorting by color (Michaels clearance after Christmas)
* sparkly white and blue pom poms- counting by total or type, sorting by color or size (Michaels. A couple dollars)
* white measuring cup and measuring scoop- scooping, dumping, pouring, transferring, fine motor (Target. $1.99 for a complete set of cups and spoons by Chefmate.)
The following items were from the Christmas sensory bin or Christmas tot trays if you are interested in knowing where I bought them or how much they cost.
* silver bells- counting, sound
* electric candle- light, fine motor
* silver mini bows (they look kind of like snowflakes!)- counting
* small plastic silver ornaments- sorting by shiny and glittery, counting
* winter erasers- counting by total or type, sorting
* snowman box- opening and closing, dumping and pouring
* snowman pegs- counting
And then from the Back to School sensory bin and Thanksgiving sensory bin
* pine cones- counting
So, I reused a lot of items, or already had them on hand. Score!
The Christmas sensory bin appealed to more of the senses, but this one does have a lot of textures to explore. It is the first time I have used something soft and fluffy as a base, so we will see how that goes.
If you would like to see Boogie's other sensory bins, please see my sensory bin page.
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