All in Sensory Bins

Noodle Sensory Play

Last week we added noodles into our sensory play.

If you follow us on Instagram, you saw that the noodles we used were cooked, squishy, and a whole lot of messy, sensory play fun!

The boys pressed the noodles through the garlic press and sliced them through the egg cutter.

Although this cooked noodle sensory play was win, it was pretty much one and done. The cooked, colored noodles were tossed in the garbage shortly after the boys were finished playing.

So this time around, I was looking for something a little more sustainable for future use.

This time, we colored dry noodles and it was just as successful!

What's in Our Outdoor Bucket?

Ready to power up your outdoor play area?

This does not mean you have an enormous fenced in backyard with 3 swings, monkey bars, and a slide. 

What this means is that you have 5-10 items you store in a container to keep on the fly for pouring, mixing, and transporting.  These items can be used on the back porch, or driveway. It is an "anything goes" type of bin which is incredible for child development. 

Does your child like potions? We've got the tools for that too. 

Come step inside our Outdoor Area Supply Bucket!

You will be geared up until the first snowfall! 

How to Train a One-Year-Old for Sensory Play

One-year-old sensory play.

Imagine an hour in your day that you can sit back, reheat that coffee, and finally get to read through that Athleta catalogue sitting on your kitchen table.

Sounds dreamy doesn’t it?

These are just some of the perks for mom after sensory bin bootcamp.

But it takes a couple training rounds before you can fully relax as couscous is being scooped and poured on your kitchen floor.

What’s involved in sensory play training?

Let’s dive in.

Sand Sensory Play

We played with sand…and all is calm to tell you about it.

Now, I know. The majority of us believe sand should stay where it belongs.

THE BEACH. Amiright?!

But here is the difference when you bring sand into your home and use for sensory play. It does not mix with water. Keeping your sand dry makes it a lot easier to vacuum and carry on to cooking dinner post clean-up. You don’t want to miss this super simple sensory activity. Inside you will read WHY this is so important for development.

Cranberry Mix-Up; A Holiday Sensory Bin

Want to teach your kids how to pour their own milk?

Start with simple, super fun sensory play such as this one.

Scooping.

Pouring.

Even dumping are essential for child development.

These are concepts that unless someone sits us down and says, “Look, here is WHY you are getting your kitchen floor a little wetter than you’d like”, we may not be as accustomed to doing.

The side bonus is that water play typically lasts 3 times longer than it takes me to set up and clean up. Bonus if the kids think wiping the floor is a follow-up game. - But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…

4 Words Will Change the Way Your Preschoolers Work Together

Have you heard of the cooperation shirt? 

This is the t-shirt that fits two kids inside when they aren't getting along. 

Well, here is another spin on how to reinforce cooperation, valuing one another's ideas and getting along. 

The Cooperation Sensory Bin. 

Seriously, have you seen multiple children work together with limited supplies? It can go really smooth, or be a complete challenge.

When the challenge presents itself, you need to try to reinforce these 4 words. They may help this week over Thanksgiving Break!

Fall Sensory Play Mix Up!

How do you teach a toddler how to pour a glass of milk?

How will your preschooler begin to understand capacity?

With simple sensory setups that encourage pouring and scooping, of course!

There are so many hidden foundational skills to learning in sensory play that we may not always think about. For starters, think about how the weight of a container changes as it is filled, or how mixing red and blue liquids to become a new color.

Baby Block Box Breakfast Invitation

Okay, here we go!

A Baby in a Box Breakfast Invitation.

Wait, what? A Breakfast Invitation? What is that? READ HERE.

If you are over there nodding your head like, “Yes!, Yes! I need this! Give me all the baby Breakfast Invitations!”, You are going to LOVE this.

Providing your one-year-old (this includes all babies under two) a border may just buy you a little more time. I say may, because they are under two. They just learned to walk. Chances are, they don’t want to sit still. - and they shouldn’t.

But sometimes, mom needs a minute and Baby Block Box will do the trick.