I love making sensory bins for the Little Tots, they’re great fun for all ages and provide lots of learning opportunities and open-ended play. This month we are are focussing on Spring and the garden now the warmer weather is here (sort of) so I put together this quick Spring Sensory Bin.
After seeing a large bag of bird seed reduced to 50p in our local pet shop I thought it would make a nice change to the coloured rice I regularly use in sensory trays.
As well as the bird seed I added some pebbles, a few mini beasts, mini plant pots, flowers, and a garden gnome. You could also add gardening tools, leaves, twigs, plants or whatever else you have lying around or why not collect stuff on a nature walk or from the garden with the children.
I always ensure there is something for scooping and pouring in my sensory bins and try not to overload them with to many items as this ends up being to distracting.
A 2 year old and 17 month old played with this tray for a whole hour before realising that they had played right through snack time! There was lots of pouring, tipping, feeling, examining and transferring going on and we talked about the colours, textures and items in the tray.
There was also lots of imaginative playing going on, making little homes for the mini beasts and pretending to feed them seeds.
I’m sure this sensory bin will be used a lot of the coming month and hopefully will get a chance to use it outside on days when it isn’t raining all the time!
Read more about How to Create a Sensory Bin with lots of ideas for fillers as well as the benefits of them for young children.
More Spring fun:
Ways we might further extend this activity include:
- Try some more Spring crafts such as these daffodils.
- Use the bird seed to make some homemade bird feeders once we’ve finished playing with it.
- Try out some mini beast crafts and sensory play ideas
- Explore some different themed sensory bins – check out all ours here
- Go for a nature walk and look at the changes spring brins
Areas of Learning:
I was able to observe the following EYO’s whilst the Little Tots (aged 17 months and 2 years) have explored this sensory bin.
- Communication & Language: Focussed attention, sitting still, building vocabulary, describing their experience, selecting objects by name.
- Physical Development – picking up small objects, transferring, pouring.
- Personal, social and emotional development – playing alongside other children, engaging in activities other children and adults are playing with, following each others leads.
- Expressive arts and design – Enjoying sensory experiences, describing the texture of things, imaginative play.
- Maths – counting, sorting and pouring the objects in the sensory bin.
- Understanding the World: Talking about the living world and things they have observed and their experiences- spring / insects