We are guest posting for our friend Blayne over at House of Burke! She’s super busy right now after just having her second baby boy. What an exciting time for her and the Burke family! We were honored to put together a post of sensory bins for her while she recovers. If you don’t know the House of Burke blog, then you NEED to check out this blog. Sensory and craft activities galore happen over there! This round-up of sensory bin ideas will take you through the year with each season set for you. Read more on House of Burke’s page.
Letter C Sensory Bin
For a Corn and Cookie Cutter Sensory Bin, you will need:
We have a bin that is filled with field corn at all times. Little Guy will ask to play with corn at least once a week. We fill it with random things…
Today, it’s cookie cutters!
Field corn is a larger kernel that is used to feed livestock. The texture of field corn in a sensory bin is great for tactile play. It makes a great sensory bin base, and we’ve used it in lots of different sensory activities.
The cookie cutters in the corn are great for sensory play. Pushing the cookie cutters down into the corn was such a neat sensory experience. We talked about shapes, colors while we buried the cutters and found them again.
We took the shapes out and replaced them with letters. Little Guy is working on identifying letters.
Baby Girl and Little Guy couldn’t keep their hands out of there!
Sensory Handwriting Practice
The ABC cookie cutters were great for practicing letter formation. The corn kernels gave great tactile feedback when tracing the letters.
To make a Sunflower Cupcake Liner Craft, you will need:
Add glue to the center of the cupcake liner. Baby Girl though we needed A LOT of glue. And A LOT of sunflower seeds on our flower. It turned out looking pretty cute with a bunch of seeds.
More glue. She is a big fan of glue.
Fine Motor Fall Craft
Looking for more easy crafts? Stop by and follow along on our Kids Crafts Pinterest board.
Crayon Play Dough Recipe
Harold’s house “drawn” with our purple play dough.
Love exploring books with hands-on play?
Water Bead Tea Party
How fun does this look??
We poured a few cups of “tea”. This was a great fine motor activity for Baby Girl (age 2.5). Pouring, scooping, and transferring the water beads from cup to cup is a great way to practice dexterity and control with movements.
We pretended to have a tea party with lots of refills needed. This sensory play activity that was very relaxing. Running your hands through water beads has such a calming affect.
Would you like a cup of tea?
More water bead ideas you may enjoy:
Ingredients needed for Glitter Salt Dough:
More quick ideas for sensory play that you will love:
We’re joining the All Things Kids bloggers to share ideas for Back to School. Stop on over to All Things Kids blog to see what the other bloggers have come up with for August and school activities!
Back to School means it’s time to start thinking about packing lunches. The same old peanut butter and jelly gets old. Old for the kids to open in the lunchroom every day and old for mama to make day after day! We’ve started to think about healthy lunch choices for our little students so that they are eating a rainbow of foods in the cafeteria. There are tons of links out there with super cute, themed lunches like this. And that’s fine. They are beyond adorable and will make the kids smile. But sometimes, a mom wants to get the kids out the door and know that they have a healthy and nourishing meal for lunch. We’ve got some easy options that you may not have thought of.
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Healthy Lunch Ideas for Back to School
Pack items from this list to replace the same old sandwich, apple, chips lunch that the kids get tired of day after day:
berries (blue, red, black)
peanut butter (or butter substitute) and honey wraps
sliced bananas tossed in a graham cracker/wheat germ combo
sliced raw veggies (peppers, carrots, celery, radishes)
sandwiches cut with a cookie cutter (Be creative if you like. A pumpkin shaped sandwich works in May, too!)
slider sandwiches using mini rolls
nuts (only if approved by your child’s school allergy policies)
half a banana (keep the peel on)
lunch meat/cheese wraps
air popped popcorn
soup in a thermos
Smoothies (freeze the thermos the night before, pour smoothie into the thermos in the morning)
ham and cheese skewered onto popsicle sticks
banana and cream cheese sandwich (or wrap)
mini pizzas made on English muffins (keep warm in a thermos)
cubed melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew)
granola and yogurt
hard boiled egg
cucumber slices and mustard on a whole wheat pita
leftover turkey or chicken (kept in a thermos) or cold with cheese slices
corn on the cob (heated and stored in a thermos)
“ants on a log” (peanut butter and raisins on celery sticks)
homemade chicken nuggets with barbeque sauce or ranch to dip
cereal bars or homemade granola bars
sandwich made with waffles instead of bread
cottage cheese with fruit
greek yogurt with fruit
Tips and Tools for Healthy Lunches for Kids:
Sometimes, a child just needs a unique presentation to encourage healthy eating and trying new foods. We wanted to check out different tools for packing school lunches. If you’ve got all of those healthy foods, you have to keep them arranged and edible!
How great are these ideas for school lunches (or stay at home lunches!):
would be a great (and adorable) way to arrange a lunch box variety of veggies, fruits, or even meats and cheeses. Note- These would be great for older kids. Use caution when sending skewers (even the plastic variety) off to school with a young child.
make it easy to divide foods into compartments and snap a lid into place. Throw it all in a lunch box and you’re set.
You might be interested in some super cute lunch box ideas we’ve been pinning on our Food for Kids Pinterest board
“B” themed sensory bin
How easy is this sensory bin? It doesn’t get much easier to throw together. Open a bag of dried beans. Scatter bugs around. Play.
We love our Melissa and Doug bugs. The colors of these little guys are so vibrant and stand out great against the black of the beans.
We played with this bug sensory bin for such a long time. And the pretend play…we had bugs digging in “dirt”, bugs making other buggy friends, and bugs building “dirt houses”.
These three buggy friends were talking and having a party.
What simple sensory ideas will be next in our series? Stay tuned for easy ideas coming this way soon!