Rainforest Sensory Bin

In honor of our Rainforest theme, I made the them a Rainforest Sensory Bin

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I filled the base it with jewels, rocks, and foam flowers & frogs {from Oriental Trading}.  I added our Rainforest Toob, as well as a pack of Rainforest Finger Puppets I ordered from OT also. I purposely didn’t put rice or anything teeny-tiny in it, so the kiddos could clean it up easily. I really wanted a brown base to emphasize the waste found on the forest floor, but I just didn’t feel like doing beans or rice this time and I didn’t have any brown bigger items for the base!  So we pretended the jewels were rain and humidity!IMG_3926

Buckets, tongs, spoons, and more were also added for extra exploration and fun!

When a new sensory bin is brought out, it is an exciting time for all 3 kids.  They all really look forward to seeing what I came up with for the theme.  This bin was especially exciting since we have been using the Rainforest Calendar Connections cards all month long and learning all about the Rainforest.

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The finger puppets were a BIG hit!IMG_3998

Pac even ran down to the basement to get our puppet stage and they put on shows!IMG_4004

Ladybug stayed out of the show time and spent her time with me. We did lots of sorting, counting, and naming {animals}.

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She loves the mini tongs and uses them a lot which I love-such good hand muscle work!IMG_4005

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I set up a Rainforest shelf on top of Ladybug’s Tot Tray shelf.  We don’t have the awesome Rainforest felt set, so we used our Jungle set instead! {use code OnePlus for 15% off at Betty Lukens}IMG_3955

I added a few books and more Rainforest animals to her basket…IMG_3931

 

Right near this shelf is also her Rr is for Rainforest Tot School Printables set up in our Pocket Chart, including both Amazon and African Rainforest Nomenclature cards from Montessori Print Shop

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A bit of info about where the contents of the bin came from:

Be sure to visit my Rainforest Pinboard on Pinterest for more rainforest ideas!


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Pirate Sensory Bin

In honor of our Pirate theme, I made the them a Pirate Sensory Bin

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I filled it with black pom poms, black marbles, black jewels, and black rocks.  Threw in many pirate coins and eye patches, & the little pirate toys we have. I need to add our beaded necklaces, I totally forgot about those!  I purposely didn’t put rice or anything teeny-tiny in it, so the kiddos could clean it up easily.

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It has already received much love…IMG_2745

 

My little pirate was THRILLED and has been waiting for pirate week for a long time now!IMG_2741

All of our other pirate toys are in the schoolroom right now for pirate week, so they join in on the sensory bin fun too!IMG_2754

A bit of info about where the contents of the bin came from:

Here’s a couple more Pirate Sensory Bins I found online…

Be sure to visit my Pirate Pinboard on Pinterest for more pirate ideas!


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Pond Sensory Bin

In honor of our upcoming pond theme that I am planning for the kids, I made the them a Pond Life Sensory Bin

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The kids won’t see it until we do our pond unit, but I went ahead and made a few bins last week while the boys were still out of town {they are back now, finally!!!!}.

Basically I gathered every frog, turtle, dragonfly, and fish I had and put them together to make the pond.IMG_7249

I used blue aquarium rocks as the base and placed shiny rocks around inside also.…IMG_7255

Maybe I will get really brave and let them take it outside one day and add water to it!!!

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

Here’s a few more Pond Sensory Bins I found online…

Looking for other POND ideas? See my pond collection on Pinterest here!


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Behind the Scenes with a Sensory Bin

Behind the ScenesI have had many moms ask me to video tape some time showing a sensory bin in action. I finally remembered to do that and captured 2 videos of Ladybug and I working together. Obviously these aren’t the best quality and only a few minutes of our approximately 30 minutes together {on this particular day}. The videos do show a lot of what we do with a bin and ways for a tot to explore.

I do allow Ladybug to explore on her own with out me {although I am always nearby watching when choking hazards are involved}, and I also spend time with her like you see in these videos. You can see another video of a sensory bin in action here {scroll down, it is the last one on that particular webpage}.

In the following videos, each just a couple of minutes long, you can see us working on…

  • Vocabulary: Full/Empty
  • Sensory play with sounds {different items in the eggs}
  • Vocabulary: in {put them IN my cup}
  • Vocabulary: shiny, cold, hot,cool, smooth {with the rocks}
  • Body parts {put the rock on your ears, forehead, nose…}
  • Counting 1-2 cups

You’ll notice that when she says NO to an idea of mine, I allow that and move on. I believe this is key in working with younger tots. I believe that in order to keep the learning playful and fun, we must follow their lead.

Here are some photos from this same bin time together, showing even more concepts we worked on together…

Spooning rice into the cups…IMG_8457

As we were putting different items into the eggs together…IMG_8463

Testing out the sounds…IMG_8469

Snuggling with the bug fleece that I got out for this bin {my mom had some leftover fleece and I sorted it by theme to use with the bins}!IMG_8484

The following photos are from the day I introduced the Bug Sensory Bin to Krash and Ladybug…

They were both absolutely in LOVE with this bin and everything about it, including the hats {from Target}IMG_8381

Magnifying glasses {Target} were a BIG hit!!!

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Matching bugs to flashcards with real bug photos {thank you $1 section Target}IMG_8398

We have also played with the bin on several days when the camera didn’t come out!

I hope this helps some of you who have emailed me to see the endless possibilities that a bin full of *stuff* can provide!

PS-if you are wondering where PacMan was-he was away at camp. Krash was at a church Kids Club in the photos/videos showing just Ladybug. I work with her a lot on the evenings when I have just her at home. I try my best to take advantage of any 1:1 time I get with any of my kiddos when I can!


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Bugs Sensory Bin

In honor of our upcoming BUG theme, I made the them a Bugs Sensory BinIMG_7261

The kids won’t see it until we do our BUG unit, this is one of the other sensory bins I prepared a few weeks ago!IMG_7268

I used green rice to symbolize grass and added some shiny rocks along with my assortment of bugs. Target had some cute bug supplies awhile back and I stocked up then. These magnifying glasses came from Target as well as the butterfly tin.IMG_7263

  • TARGET: mini books, bug hats, butterfly tin bucket, colored bugs, glow bugs, magnifiers, big gross yellow bug, wind up bugs
  • MICHAELS: wooden bugs {from their bead sets}, shiny rocks
  • Insects Tube
  • Learning Resources Bugs

Here’s a few more Bug Sensory Bins I found online…

Be sure to visit my BUG Pinboard on Pinterest for more buggy ideas!


If you haven’t read the Montessori Minute post about sensory play, be sure to read that to see why these bins are so wonderful for kids!

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