Thanksgiving Sensory Bin | The OT Toolbox

Thanksgiving Sensory Bin

Sensory Bins are so great for exploring textures and fostering imaginative play.  They are so easy and inexpensive to make up  and can go in any theme...If your son loves superheros, Throw Spiderman into a bin of rice with a couple of Halloween spider rings, and you have an instant play area that can last all day long!

While the kids are exploring, imagining, fostering creativity, they are learning so much...building their confidence,  language skills, fine motor dexterity...and SO much more!  

Sensory bins can be made from any dry or wet material, water, shredded paper, packing peanuts...The possibilities are endless.

Thanksgiving Sensory Bin

Dump corn into an under-the-bed-storage bin...

Be prepared for corn/rice/split peas to scatter all over the floor.  
Ignore it.
Play with the kids, they can help clean up later...working that pincer grasp to pick up grains of corn from the floor ;)

Or not...
Either way, enjoy the play/learning/growth experience with your kids and don't worry about the mess.  They are only kids once :)

Add all kinds of fall decor, pine cones, containers to scoop...

And baskets for sorting!

Baby Girl thought it would be more fun to climb INTO the corn bin!

It feels great on the toes! 

(Yes, I stuck my toes in the corn with the kiddos...
NO, I will not harm your eyes with THAT picture!)

Cute baby toes, YES, we need more pictures of those! 

Big Sister started the sorting game.  She collected all of the flowers into this pot.


Sorting by Color...

Sorting by Object...

Little Guy thought we needed to sort the socks... :)

Everyone enjoyed talking about and feeling the objects...
Scratchy wheat stalks:

Soft feathers (these were cut from scraps of fabric I had around the house):

 Little Guy thought it would be pretty fun to lay IN the cool corn to see how that felt:
"It's pretty comfy, Mom"!

How many kids can you fit into a bin? It looks like the answer is three.

There were lots of colors and textures to explore in this sensory bin!

 Scooping, Sorting, Exploring Senses, Fostering Creativity, Building Language Skills, Working Fine Motor Skills...We did so much more than just playing with this fun Sensory Bin!

I am Thankful for Today!
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