Monster Fun Sensory & Imagination Bin

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

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I decided to go for a create-a-monster approach to encourage their imagination while they play.

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I gathered anything I thought would help them create cute monsters like this one…IMG_5124
I put a basket of Monster books next to the bin too…IMG_5108
Krash walked into the schoolroom and immediately said, “oh man, where’s the fall bin, I like that on better.”  Yup, he’s our Mr. Negative.  I “ignored” him and began playing with Ladybug creating monsters, soon he was involved and said, “oh man, this is awesome, thanks mom!”  Silly boy.
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Ladybug went right at it and had a blast creating monsters…

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The ping pong balls were “cheeks” according to her!
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Krash was way more interested in the little white tubes {I wish I knew where these were from-someone gave us a big ol’ bag of them a long time ago}.  He used them to make patterns…IMG_5127
He remembered an old Minute to Win It game and got a craft stick and began to challenge himself!IMG_5131
He made numerous towers, with and without PacMan…

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Even PacMan got in on the creating fun…IMG_5143 
After playing for awhile, I took a quick video of the kids to share with you.  As you will see, they were all engaged with the bin in different ways.  They had been playing for at least 15-20 minutes prior to the video and then continued to play way beyond the video.

Be sure to visit my Monster Pinboard on Pinterest for more monster fun 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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Behind the Scenes with a Sensory Bin

Bug Sensory Bin with Videos



I 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!


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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Rhyming Words PowerPoint & Printables

I have a new PowerPoint show available in the Members Only section, featuring Rhyming Words. Rhyming Words PowerPoint Show

Here is a video showing the show as I was doing it with Krash…

I also made a simple set of flashcards to practice using the same images from the show.  These are available for FREE here in my Alphabet printables section.Rhyming Words Printables

 

You can access this show in the Members Only section of my website.  If you are not a member already, you can learn more info here.  See what is in the Members Only section now and what is coming soon here!

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CVC Words ~ PowerPoint Show

This is a PowerPoint show that breaks down simple 3 letter CVC words. Words included: cat, dog, bus, web, bed, hat, pig, fan, rat, pen. Target audience would be beginning readers who are just learning to segment sounds in words.

Simple CVC Words

Each letter appears individually to emphasize each sound. Then the word blends and with a click the image appears to self correct the student!

Here is a simple video of me walking you through part of the show as I do it with Krash. Forgive my very unprofessional video making skills.

See more about joining the Members Only PowerPoint section here.

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See specific details about what exactly is included and what is coming soon here.



Solar System PowerPoint ~ Members Only

I am so excited about this new PowerPoint show, based on the 8 planets in our solar system!

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I created this show to go along with my free printable unit

Solar System Preschool Pack

The show goes through the 8 planets both in size order and then in order from the sun.  There is also a slide for each planet sharing some basic facts about each. At the end there are 2 slides-one for inner planets, one for outer planets.  The show ends with a Bible verse.

Here is a video of us walking you through part of the show.  This was the first time I showed the show to the boys, we will work with it much more getting Pac Man to the point of him reciting he facts himself and then using the show to check himself.

You will notice we are viewing the show up on our wall!  This is because we finally saved enough to buy a projector for our schoolroom!  We have wanted one for awhile and were just able to buy it!  My techy husband rigged it all up for me and now we also play our Wii using the projector!

If you are not a member yet, you can see what is currently available and what is coming soon here!