Transportation Sensory & Imagination Bin

It was time for a new sensory bin!!!  The Valentines Sensory Bin is actually still put together since Ladybug is enjoying it so much, I am just now rotating in a new transportation bin, to go along with our current transportation theme.

This one was a bit tricky for me because it seems our entire home is one big transportation themed bin!  With 2 boys, we are filled with cars, trains, planes and more.  I tried to think beyond the actual vehicles and came up with this…IMG_7098

For this bin I went with the colors black and yellow {for roads} and anything little and transportation-y!  It has an assortment of different items that would not normally be put together in hopes of inspiring creativity and imaginative play!  Here’s a sampling of their first day playing with this bin…

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The gel clings were a HUGE HIT, I highly recommend swinging by Target soon to see if they still have these, I just got them last Friday in the $1 section.  I cut them all out {or peeled them off} for this bin.  I know they will get destroyed being used this way, but I really love the sticky feeling they have and the kids loved playing with them!IMG_7101

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Our “Cars” cars are out and about for our transportation week since we are using some of my Cars Tot Book for Ladybug.  She is obsessed with Cars books right now so it was a perfect fit!  The kids had fun using the bin items to make a race track for the cars…IMG_7127

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As you can see they had a blast and have already come up with some out of the box ideas that I never even thought of.  The wooden ramps were an add on as we looked for something to hook the gel-clings onto and also for a road.  They were wonderful!!!  They are just empty shelves we had stored away!

A bit of info on where I got some of the stuff:

  • transportation gel clings-BIG HIT with the kids, got these recently in the Target dollar section
  • mini Cars erasers
  • various loose wheels we had around the house. If I could afford it, I would have loved to make the base of the bin with this set of Lego wheels ;-)
  • yellow/black pieces and wheels from Guidecraft Construct-it set
  • transportation puzzle pieces, this set and this one
  • transportation themed cookie cutters were from this set
  • BLACK and/or YELLOW stuff:  unifix cubes, pom poms, clothespins, spoons, jewels, beads, color squares, bottle tops, straws {some of these items aren’t in the bin yet as I add things each day}
  • Oriental Trading has tons of awesome sensory bin items, just search by theme!

Looking for more inspiration?  Here are some transportation bins I found while searching around online, there weren’t too many as you can see! {if I missed yours, please leave a link to it in a comment on this post}!

I will be sharing our bin in upcoming Tot School and Preschool corner post as always, so you’ll be sure to see it in action more!  We play with our bin almost every morning as a whole group. 

See more Transportation Learning Ideas on Totally Tots!!!

 

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