Skip to main content

Earth Day Scent-sory Bin


I'm new to sensory bins, so I may not have "done it right." I provided my toddler with natural elements with an emphasis on the sense of smell: flowers, grass, lavender, rosemary, mint, spring onions and purple garlic. (Perfect for my  Making Something Out Of Nothing series leading up to Earth Day - a sensory bin from our own backyard).



The scent component didn't really captivate him, but seemed more like something he did to appease his mother. What attracted him was the possibility of putting the items in a bucket of water to create a pond. (We went on a nature hike Sunday and the pond made a big impression). 


After emptying the bin of everything except the sand, he decided he needed more flowers for it and began picking flowers from the yard to add to the pond creating a truly lovely pond that the baby had to explore too. 


I always love it when I plan an activity, then my little guy takes it in a whole other direction. Aside from the pond creation, he also got really excited about bees. At first, it confused me. Then, his toddler talk made sense - "the bees and the flowers, Mommy." I thought, and then figured it out. In a Thomas the Train story, Thomas loses the bees he is hauling because he drives near a field full of flowers. So, for him a sensory bin full of flowers made him think of bees -- and a toddler science lesson is born! Love it!! 

On the list for my next library trip (real one, not pretend) is to get a children's book about bees collecting pollen. If you have any recommendations, send my way via a comment.

Oh, and check out this great sensory spice painting activity that explores scent and taste from Make, Do and Friend. So cool!  

Shared this at: Montessori Monday       

You might also like:

Egg Carton Baby Sensory Tub
Ten for Tuesday: Sticks!

Comments

  1. It looks like your son had a lot of fun with this scent-sory bin! I know what you mean about an activity taking a different direction. I love seeing what my little guy will do with the materials provided. I found you through the co-op...sharing this on my facebook page! :)

    Gina @famiglia&seoul

    ReplyDelete
  2. This looks lovely. I let my son play with flowers the other day, but I hadn't thought of putting them in water

    ReplyDelete
  3. I too love it when the kids take everything in a new, and even more exciting, direction! They are so good at that, and then we just get to play along :) What a beautiful pond!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. What a great sensory bin!! I love the pond your son created. I am sharing this on my FB page!

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a beautiful place to play!

    Thank you for linking to Outside Play: Water.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great idea for a sensory bin ... and I love the way you followed your son! I pinned your post and featured it at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow

    ReplyDelete
  7. Seemi @ Trillium MontessoriApril 15, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    What a wonderful sensory bin!

    Seemi @ Trillium Montessori

    ReplyDelete
  8. I just featured your post and photo in my Montessori-Inspired Flower Activity post at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2013/05/06/montessori-monday-montessori-inspired-flower-activities/

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love the elements you included in your bin, and I think it's great that you followed your son's lead when he was more interested in adding them to water. Often my kids remind me that they have different plans for activities I come up with...and most of the time their ideas are even better than mine! Thanks for linking this post to Discover and Explore. I hope you'll be back to share for our museum and fine arts theme this week.

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a delightful sensory activity!!!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Happy Very Hungry Caterpillar Day: Celebrating 45 Years with Caterpillar and Butterfly Crafts from The Kid's Co-Op

March 20th is Very Hungry Caterpillar Day with celebrations and programs being held around the world to honor the 45th Anniversary of the book. 


We love The Very Hungry Caterpillar, so of course we're joining the fun. Plus, my youngest son's blog nickname is Caterpillar, after the book. Just as Wild Thing is my 4 year-old's nickname inspired by Where the Wild Things Are. 

Today, we'll be doing another Very Hungry Caterpillar Food Drive. We did our first one for Eric Carle's birthday last June and called it a Very Hungry Caterpillar Virtual Food Drive and loved hearing that the virtual part worked, as others were inspired by our online shares and also did VHC-inspired food drives.

P.S. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Virtual Food Drive post 
also features 40+ Activities Inspired by the Book, so you'll definitely want to check it out.
For our VHC-inspired food drive this time, Wild Thing will be helping me write the grocery list for food items to donate as we read the boo…

{A Season of Giving} 12 Days of Christmas: Celebrating through Giving

Stacy (the Great) of Kids Stuff World brought to my attention the 31 Days of Service/Giving Calender (and great e-book) from Mom It Forward. 

Having gotten to know Stacy really well through our joint Moms Fighting Hunger effort during Hunger Action Month, I was all too happen to jump on board and take on 12 Days of Christmas, the action prompt for Dec. 4th.


The e-book describes the prompt in this way:
Choose another family in your area to be the recipient of 12 days of gift giving. Try to think of a family that may be struggling financially, emotionally, or with health problems and might need a boost during the holiday season.E ach day, starting December 13, leave a gift anonymously on the doorstep of your chosen family. Involve the kiddos in your secret acts of service. Your gifts can relate to the “12 Days of Christmas” song verses (i.e. partridge in a pear tree, turtle doves, French hens, etc.) but it’s not necessary. Try to choose or provide handmade gifts, drawings or tre…

Happy Birthday, Eric Carle~We're Doing a Very Hungry Caterpillar Virtual Food Drive to Help Very Hungry Kids! Join Us!!

Summer is officially here (for half of the world anyway). For many of us, school was out well before the First Day of Summer/Summer Solstice on June 21st. While summer means beaches, pools and vacation for many families, it also means increased food insecurity for others. Food budgets increase for almost everyone in the summer, and families that rely on free and reduced school lunches struggle with the loss of these much needed meals (many schools also provide breakfast to children as well and for many children, their only meals are the ones they eat at school). For some reason, thoughts of the summer struggle against hunger surged to the forefront of my brain every time I read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, or overheard Wild Thing reading it to himself or his father or brother (he has the whole book memorized). 

Finally, it came together, that caterpillar who is so very hungry and needs all of those food items in order to become a beautiful butterfly made me think of all o…