Winter Sensory/Imagination Bin

Winter Fun Sensory Bin



 

My kids had SO much fun with the Christmas Sensory/Imagination Bin, I couldn’t wait to get the winter bin ready for them!!!

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I decided to go with a white/silver/blue color theme and just threw in anything interesting I could find.  Here’s what I have so far…

  • white packing peanuts
  • white beads
  • white pom poms
  • silver plastic ornaments {got last week at Target, $1 section}
  • mini snowmen & penguins {from Michaels}
  • mini snowmen and penguin erasers {Michaels}
  • mini snowflakes and white stars {Michaels}
  • mini snowman tin, and other wintery buckets {Michaels, and Target}}
  • small snowmen {one is a Weeble-Wobble and one is from a Little People winter set}
  • clear and white lids {from our bottle top collection}
  • clear and blue lights {from the Christmas pack, also from Michaels}
  • penguins {1 stuffed, 1 Animalz, 1 Little People, 1 plastic, 1 pez container}
  • polar bears {Little People, Anamalz}
  • Pengaloo Penguins {we love this game!}
  • silver garland {got it for 25 cents last week at 75% off Target dollar spot!}
  • winter stuffed animals {I gathered our polar bears, penguins, and seals to have close by as they play}
  • large snowman bowl {I bring this out to play alongside of the bin, it’s obviously too big to put in the bin}

Here’s a glimpse at our winter bin in action {these photos are from 2 different days}…IMG_4363

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I think the penguins were kissing 😉IMG_4388

She wasn’t so sure about the tinsel…IMG_4623

Spontaneous sorting makes a momma happy…

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I plan to use our bin as the focus of our Tot School time, using the various manipulatives as items to work on Tot Tray type activities.  I plan to bring in different containers, spoons, tongs, etc. each day to work on different skills.  I also plan to add anything new “wintery” I find while it is still in rotation!This may just be the new relaxed approach I am seeking for Tot School right now as I am having a hard time balancing detailed plans for all 3 kids.  We’ll see!

 

Here are some blog posts I found featuring other winter sensory bins…

 

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Fall Sensory Bin

Fall Sensory Bin



I have made a few sensory bins before, but slacked off while we were in transition into the new schoolroom.  Now that we are in here, I have no excuses!  We are in full swing and I have the space to store the items and the bins!  I am keeping our bin, in an actual drawer in our Ikea system-it is out of reach, so it only comes down when I can supervise.

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I have no rotation plan of any sort-just to create a seasonal bin and try my best to switch things out every now and then. I use many resources to gather sensory bin ideas, but mostly just try to find things I have around, or that I find in the seasonal section of the dollar store ;-).  One excellent resource is Counting Coconuts, she has awesome sensory bins!  Also-Kylie from Our Worldwide Classroom has an excellent link-up with many sensory bin ideas!

Our fall bin has been a BIG hit with all kids, here’s a bit of it in action…

 

The base items in the bin…

  • black beans, red beans
  • fall leaves {Dollar Tree}
  • crystal looking acorns and mini pumpkins {Dollar Tree}
  • pumpkin shaped cookie cutters {from this set}
  • fall colored spoons and scoops
  • mini orange and green gourds {Dollar Tree}

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Other items have been added in and I am sure will continue to be added in.  The kids got some Webkinz to pretend play with, mostly using the items for their food.  😉IMG_9227

 

It truly amazes me how much all 3 of the kids love this…something SO simple.  IMG_9069

SO many skills can be exposed in such a fun and easy-going way. IMG_9081

The best is when Ladybug sets up camp, IN the bin.IMG_9089

I loved how the boys just carry on around her! 😉IMG_9103Great fun has been had and is to be had as we enjoy our fall sensory bin!

Find more Fall Fun here on my website!