Stuck inside on a rainy day? Put together a DIY sensory bin!
Baby’s senses are how they learn about the world, and sensory bins are activities designed to give them new and exciting sensory experiences to explore. To make your own, choose a large, plastic container and fill it up with some of Baby’s favorite. You might also decide to use dry rice or pasta as a base filler to encourage them to explore texture.
Next, grab some toys that will keep their focus and concentration. Keeping toys that have a variety of different textures, like plastic farm animals and soft pompoms, will keep their focus for longer. When they are exploring the bin, you can talk with them about how each object feels. You can also work on their receptive language skills by asking them to find a requested object.
Sensory bins give children the opportunity for self-directed play, and as children get older, there are ways for activities in sensory bins to grow and expand with them, from archeology lessons to early adventures in cooking.