Friday, October 18, 2013

DIY - Create a BLUE Sensory Bin for Your Little Learner

Creating a sensory bin is really fun because you get to make something
wonderful for your child to be excited about!
Even better,  you can tailor it specifically to your child's individual learning needs!

This bin is not created for children to learn the color blue, rather it is to stimulate and hold your child's attention with a beautiful monochromatic theme so that learning can take place!

Sensory boxes are for year round use, indoors and out, in any weather.
But, now that the weather here in Chicago is turning cold, I am thinking ahead
about the much longer hours children will be staying indoors in the winter.
I created this bright and warm sensory bins to keep little ones
happy, engaged and learning through this upcoming winter!

DIY  BLUE Sensory Box

You have a multitude of fillers to use for your box:
blue shredded paper
blue corn
moon sand
dyed rice . . .

     I like to hand dye my own at home!

If you dont want to use Blue as your filler because the items are already blue,
let the backdrop could be whatever neutral color you want by using;
cornmeal . . .

TIP : I like to mix sensory fillers so that there is more to explore, and because bigger fillers
such as shredded paper, can be easily separated from smaller ones such as rice!

Once you have decided on your filler you are now ready for your items!

Try to get a collection of natural items too!

TIP : You can color wash natural items such as wood, rock and shells to make the colors you need.

Get something to scoop with (spoon) and something to scoop into and our (cup).
If you can, get tongs for pincer strength while sorting small objects.
Add small lids (from water bottles) or ice cube trays to sort and hold small objects.

Now, add the BLUE items.
The secret is to get multiple items with various textures, shapes, sizes and amounts.
You want your child to be able to find and create patters (big, bigger, biggest, for example)
and have the sensory box sustain their attention.

You can get items from around the house, like the "junk" drawer and the bottom of the toy chest.
Children get many small items from gumball machines, school, party favors and more...find those!
You can go to second hand stores and find little objects (usually in bags of mismatched stuff).
You can paint objects that are a different color with spray paint or acrylics.
Flash Cards, Letter Magnets, Geometric Shape Pieces and other learning materials
Books, laminated pictures / words
Cookie cutters are fantastic because they encourage children to crunch down into the filler and experiment with making shapes, using pressure and more!
Use scented items or spices in small jars (berries, ocean, etc.) that are associated with the color. 

TIP : to tailor the experience to your child, you can paint numbers, shapes, letters and words on wood blocks or rocks!

TIP : Keep your items and fillers separated in plastic bags or containers, then you can use one big bin / tub for your various themes and mix and match items and fillers as you create new ones!

Want to get one fast? Visit my etsy shop and buy or order one NOW!

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