Winter is here, y’all. The holidays are over but obviously, the season is still the same so I came up with a few activities for Leana, to help with teaching her more about wintertime. This week’s activity was a “snowy”, taste-safe sensory bin!
Since it hasn’t snowed here yet, I had to use books to introduce Leana to it. We read ‘The Snowy Day’ & ‘Arctic Animals’. Both were perfect for this activity. Keep reading to see what you need to recreate the bin + ways I used this activity to guide Leana through different learning concepts.
So here’s what you’ll need:
- Animal Figurines
- “Digging utensils” (measuring spoons, cups, tongs, etc.)
Sensory bins are great learning tools. Using items with different textures & offering multiple ways to engage with the contents, is key to exploring the ways in which our senses work together.
I usually let Leana explore the bins on her own first, just to see how she chooses to play with them. Then I guide and direct her, to make it more of a teaching moment.
With this bin, we worked on animal recognition. Leana’s getting really good at distinguishing between animals & she remembers the sounds they make, pretty well. So we reviewed the animals that we discussed when reading. We also worked on exercising her fine motor skills. I had Leana use the measuring spoon to scoop marshmallows into the cup & pour them back into the bin.
This is a simple activity that requires very little supplies & minimal cleanup but it kept Leana busy for a little over an hour! I used marshmallows since Leana prefers taste-safe crafts but you can use other edible materials or things like cotton balls, styrofoam balls or foam packing peanuts.
Let me know if you try it! & stay tuned for the other winter-themed activities we have planned for this month.