Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sensory Bin

It's quite obvious how quickly our little ones start learning and growing.  I have really stepped back and taken a look at my priorities and decided to really focus on little Miss Brooke some more.  Sure she's my main reason for getting up each day, but I started to put more effort into how we are spending our time and what to do together.  In other words, I'll be really honest….I found myself using the TV more than I ever would have imagined.  My husband and I barely watch TV, but somehow the darn thing crept right in and I am happy to report, we've put an end to it!

It was SO easy; turn on Micky Mouse Club or Sesame Street and there she stood/sat glued her eyes on TV.   I could get so much done without having to worry what she was up to...But the icing on the cake was when Daddy came home one day, she didn't even acknowledge it; she looked over and then looked back at the TV.

We were both in shock.

Usually she screams Dada and there are hugs and kisses and laughs.


Now, don't get me wrong; I see NOTHING wrong with the occasional show or down time.  But I experienced first hand how quickly that could become a habit.  I no longer put on a show while I make breakfast; she heads to her toys and plays at the fridge with letter magnets.  She doesn't miss the TV at all.   I've focused my energy on figuring out what we could do together; enter in sensory bins.

I've been wanting to make them for awhile, but didn't know what to put in one.  Yes I was a teacher, but I taught middle and high school!  So it's taken some time to look into what wee ones need to learn, and of course asking my sweet friend Alison, and Brooke and I played in this [small] bin the other morning.

I want to start doing themes, but I just opened my cupboards and started here.  I did have to say "NO" when she tried to eat the spiral pasta; a few tears were shed but she got over it and really seemed to love playing with the different textures.

***I would NEVER leave her unattended with the bin and I keep it up high.  I know that she still explores with her mouth (or tries to) so I am very aware of that.  I want to get a larger bin to have more room to put stuff inside as well.

Ideally we would have gone outside but it rained and so we made use of the kitchen floor.  Holly and Sadie were of course right there to pick up any missed crumbs of rice.

I'm still working my way through these two reads and they've been quite helpful as well.  I just can't get over how fast kids grow and no matter how much you try to prepare, you always feel a little behind.  Or at least I do.

I'm thinking of doing a Gardening theme for May.  I will use organic soil only and I have a feeling she will LOVE it. 

What learning activities do you do with your toddler?  Share them please!

Some great sensory bin sites:


  1. I am already watching yard sales for a water table! I love sensory bins.

  2. I love this. I have so many ideas for what I want to do when lil girl comes along and can't wait!!! It will be speech language therapy all day! haha! Check out this blog -
    She's a speech language pathologist and posts great ideas for language development!

  3. I'm super interested in sensory bins when Matthew is a little bit older. There's a ton of ideas on pinterest and I love seeing how creative everyone is with theirs!

  4. This is really nice. Great things to do with Brooke .. I need to try this :O)

  5. I am actually making a sensory bin based on the book The Lorax! My students are helping me create it! I like to do sensory bins based on stories - creates play and language.


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