I filled a turkey roasting pan with some of the following:
a tracing tool in the shape of a clock
cookies cutters for the number 1-9
JDaniel had a grand time looking over each element. He sorted through everything to see exactly what was in the bin and how much of each item there was. Then he put in everything, but the glasses back in to play with. JDaniel had too wear the glasses. I knew he would love them.
With this bin I sat with JDaniel and talked over each of the objects and why I had put them in the bin. With some bins I just let JDaniel dig in and play. He has a grand time playing and learning while he works with the various items in the bin.
What kinds of learning can be explored using a this sensory bin?
Letter formation- The beans can be formed into letters as can the other objects in the bin.
Oral Communication- Children can talk about what they are doing as they explore.
Storytelling- Children can make up a story using objects in the bin as props.
Vocabulary Development- Parents can introduce holiday related words like celebration, countdown, etc..
Measuring Volume- Children can measures how many spoonfuls of beans can fill a cup.
Counting Objects- Children can count how many of each object there is.
Compare Numbers of Objects- Children can find object that there are more of than the horns.
Number Sentences- Children can add the number of cups to the number of cookie cutters.
Spoon Playing- Children can explore what objects make the loud or soft sounds when tapped with the spoon.
Horn Playing- Toot out songs and march around.
Fine Motor Skills
If you are interested in learning more about sensory bins, you can check out the bins I have pinned on my Sensory Bin Pinterest board.