Island/Luau Water Bin Sensory Play

In case you missed last week’s post, we are teaming up with Jaime from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails in a Water Bin play series for the month of July.  Did you see our Relaxing Lavender Water Bin we enjoyed last week?   You can see all of ours and Jaime’s water bins and themes each week by checking back for more water play ideas.
We were very excited to play with the water bin from this week’s theme…

Island Water Play Activity

We used our mini blow up baby pool for this water bin.  We added sand and seashells from our beach combing collection.  I stuck in a few drink umbrellas.  (Watch the little kids with these…or leave them out…) We have a couple of coconut piggy banks from a cruise we took years back.  They added an island-y feel to our luau in the baby pool!  Throw in a lei, a mini beach ball, and fish from an old (no longer working) fishing game.

 Little Guy loved the addition of the coconut piggy banks.  He thought of putting the seashells into the coin slot of the bank.  Great fine motor fun and manipulation work!
We had fun playing with the shells, exploring the colors/textures/ sizes/features of the different shells.  This was very relaxing and Big Sister, Little Guy, and I sat for a long time playing with this water bin.
This water bin really got us in the mood for the beach!
It was so much fun to catch the fish.  Because the fish need the battery operated game to make their little mouths open and shut around the magnet, we needed to put the fish on the end of the rod. But we could still “catch” the fish and pull them up out of the water.  Little Guy loved doing this.
A little mini beach!
We had some water in fun glasses.  And straws (straws always make drinks more fun, right??)  The perfect addition to our little Luau Island Party 🙂
Now, let’s stop over and see the Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails Beach Luau Water Bin.  We can’t wait to see what they’ve done with this theme!
Join us next week to see our newest water bin theme and have fun playing in the water!
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Outdoor Dandelion Messy Water Play

When it comes to playing outside, my kids seem to really love the basics. Some water, dirt, and flowers are the ingredients to messy sensory play that is just…fun! Here is one simple activity idea that uses what you’ve got in your yard. We used some dandelion flowers for a sensory activity that the kids couldn’t keep their hands out of. This tactile sensory idea is one that may challenge the sensory system, but one that is awesome for it’s fine motor benefits too. We added water beads to this sensory play idea but you could add whatever you’ve got in the house or keep it simple and use flowers, grass clippings, and water! Get ready to explore the senses right in the backyard!



Sensory Play with DandeLions


One Spring day, we used up a few of the thousands of dandelions that were growing in our yard and had a little (messy) fun.
We had water beads in a covered bin from a few other recent play activities:
…and added a bit of water, dandelions…instant spontaneous messy play.
The kids had fun running out to the yard, picking the flowers, and bringing them back to add to our “Dandelion Soup”.


Add a paper tube and empty water bottle and you get a little bonus fine motor play!  And even though we did this back in the Springtime, this is totally a Summer activity too.
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