For the month of January, my son wanted to play in the snow. But there wasn't any actual snow outside. So I decided to bring the "snow" inside :) Here is what we put in our "snow" sensory bin. It was super easy to make and I used things that were already in my house. Sensory bins do not require a lot of money or specific "lists". You can use anything you want and BE CREATIVE :) For those that want a "list" here are pictures of what I used :)
"Snow" Sensory Bin 101 :)
My Steps in Pictures :)
1 - I got a medium size plastic bin. Any sort of plastic container will work just fine. I picked up a whole bunch of these at Target and use them for all sorts of things. I love that they fit very nicely on my homeschool bookshelves.
2. I grabbed some Polyfil from my sewing bag. It was leftover from making LO's Halloween costume. I thought it looked like white fluffy snow.
3. I grabbed some cotton balls from our medicine cabinet. Definitely fit the "white and fluffy snowball" category that I was looking for.
4. Then I grabbed some foam balls. We bought these to do various crafts. I also threw in the bin some white plastic cups. I figured he could stuff "snow" in the cups. He used them to be "cones" for ice cream ;)
5. I had some random silver and white pipe cleaners in the craft drawer, so I threw those in. I figured that he would come up with something fun to do with pipe cleaners.
6. I also threw in some white coffee filters. Basically because they were white and I was like "why not?" ;)
7. And then we had some leftover candy canes and when I think of "snow", I think of Christmas. And I had a random Pampered Chef scraper and some measuring cups and white plastic lids in my kitchen "junk" drawer, so I threw those in the box. Measuring cups are ALWAYS a good thing for a sensory bin. Mixing and pouring and HUGE preschool concepts. :) Oh, and I threw in some marshmellows. I figured they were sticky and would be fun to play with ;) Obviously we were not going to eat those afterwards ;) [but if you check out my "Grotto" blog post which I will be posting soon, you will see that we recycled the marshmellows from this sensory bin to melt to make his grotto out of corn flakes]
8. LO sitting proudly at his school table with his sensory bin. I didn't let him see what I was putting in it so that it would be a surprise. He is waiting in anticipation in this picture. ;)
9. LO is discovering the cups and coffee filters. He decided that they were ice cream ;)
10. LO's big "idea" was to make snowmen out of the foam balls. ;) I gave him some toothpicks to hold them together. If you are doing this with really little ones, I would not advise toothpicks.
And that is our "snow" sensory bin :) LO loved it and played with it a lot. Stay tuned for my blog post on our next sensory bin which was on "slime, gel, and goop" ;)