Over at The Kavanaugh Report, I blog about all sorts of toddler fun and life with my adorable grumpy little guy, Henry.
Well, we live in Minnesota and fall is in full swing. As the weather gets colder, I'm always looking for ways to keep Henry happy and entertained without going outside. It's definitely not easy. One of our favorite ways is through tot school. Tot school is a Montessori inspired home school program for toddlers.
One of our favorite things to do in tot school is to play with a sensory bin. Sensory bins are great ways for toddlers to learn and play. So, I thought I would share our fall themed sensory bin! Its a cheap, easy, and fun way to occupy those little chubby hands that are clawing at you for something to do.
In my sensory bin, you'll find:
Fall Garland: I striped the wire of the little glossy leaves. Then, I only added the little leaves. They had some visual interest and a cool texture.
Assorted Beans: These are the main component in the bin. They add color, shape, and size. Seriously, you'll be surprised how much toddlers love some dried beans. Just watch that they don't eat them!
Painted Wooden Figures: These I just picked up at a craft store and painted. These allow for pretend play for older toddlers, and give younger ones something to safely put in their mouth.
Fabric Leaves: I picked these up at a craft store. They fit the theme perfectly and cant be destroyed. They have a nice silky feel that Henry really liked.
Plastic Tabletop Leaves: There are those little decorations meant to be used like confetti on a table. I loved them because they made a great sound. I like to try to incorporate as many senses as possible in each sensory bin.
Fall Tissues: These were just regular tissues that I found at the dollar section of Target. I took a couple, cut them into little bits, and added them to the bin. They added a nice softness and some great color.
And that's it! Add these things to a bin and watch the magic happen! Poof -- entertained toddler. Give them some scoops, a tablespoon, a plastic spice jar and a funnel and things can get even more exciting.
Does your toddler like sensory bins? What do you do to keep your toddler entertained indoors?
I am seriously in love with this idea! I told Nicole she had to do a Winter themed one, so I can put one together for Curtis! Thanks Nicole for sharing!