|This is what we started with: red and blue straws, red, white and blue buttons, blue milk caps and blue circles from a game, |
red and blue foam sheets and magnet letters spelling USA, as well as a stray piece of blue leather.
Finally, we were ready to complete our 4th of July Sensory Bin -- Wild Thing and I did decide we could spend $1 at the Dollar Store to enhance the bin. He picked out a package that had flags and cupcake liners in it. I also found a scrap of fabric in the laundry room that was red with white stars and some foam letter stickers and U.S. flag stickers, so I decided to stick those to the bottom of the sensory tray so that he could "hunt" for them as he explored the tray. To further encourage exploration, I added a large white spoon to the bin for scooping and transferring and tweezers for fine motor skill practice. We cut up some of the cupcake liners to add more stars to the bin and threw in just a couple of the liners as they were.
Both boys really loved this bin. They especially liked to fill the cupcake liners up with items from the bin and serve me my red, white and blue cupcakes! Of course, they also enjoyed digging through the bin to find the stickers I had put on the bottom of it.
I love this bin as a reminder of how simple it can be to create a playful, fun, learning experience at home with what you already have. (I loved getting comments on my milk cap post/pin about other ideas for the bin, such as cotton balls/white pom poms, shiny stars, etc.)
Do you have a favorite play experience that you've made "on the fly" from at-home items or on the go from elements you happened to have on hand? I would love to see it! Please share! Sharing at Montessori Monday, Artsy Play Wednesday, and Hands On Play Party.
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