Scooping Pom poms

I decided to change things up today. We haven’t done a sensory bin for quite a while. I found my inspiration from Buggy and Buddy. It is such a simple activity to set up which is why I loved it right from the start.

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I had a bowl of pompoms, two cup measurers, an ice cube tray, and four silicon baking cups.

As soon as Chloe saw it, she sat down to play with it.

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She preferred the silicon liners to the ice cube tray. This activity lasted for a solid 45 minutes. I couldn’t believe something so simple could entertain her for so long.

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Chloe decided to pack the pompoms in to the cup measurer and dump it out. She labeled it a cupcake and the play turned into pretend cooking and eating. A child’s imagination is a wonderful thing!

I left this activity out, and she went back to it and played for another half hour.

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This was a very successful quiet, easy, and fun activity!

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Water play

A while back I bought some sea shells to add to my small collection. I decided to add them to a bin with warm water, fake plants for a fish tank and blue glass stones.

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As soon as Chloe saw it, she was very excited. But she wouldn’t put her hands in at first.

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After a bit of coaxing, I got her to stick her hand in. It came out immediately and she ran to get a towel to dry her hands on. She hadn’t even touched any of the objects yet. After 3 times doing the same thing, I was starting to think this was going to be a failure.

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She finally started playing with some of the pieces. But she did have the towel right next to her.

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We also started a conversation about big and small. I helped her organize a few of the shells to facilitate our conversation.

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This was a relatively short activity, but it was fun. We’ll get more pieces to add and do it again in the future.

I was inspired by my small potatoes , again. I did mine a bit differently because I didn’t have the items used in the original one.

Tissue paper play

I saw a post for sensory play with tissue paper from and next comes L. I was curious to try it with Chloe.

Unfortunately, I used all my tissue paper at Christmas and haven’t acquired anymore since. So, I went to the dollar store and bought 3 packs for a buck a pack. I cut the pieces into different sizes and put them into a bin. 20140517-141204.jpg
I couldn’t even get a picture of the bin before Chloe tried to get her little hands in it. Please note the blur in the bottom left corner- Chloe’s hand.

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At first, Chloe would pull out a piece of tissue paper and lay it flat on the floor.
I played with the tissue paper too, and I started wrapping small toys in the tissue paper. Chloe stopped what she was doing and watched. I gave her a wrapped up toy and she unwrapped it, then wrapped it back up.

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She kept doing that with different toys. She loved it.

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It’s awesome to see how curious Chloe is. And how something as simple as tissue paper can keep her occupied for more than 5 minutes.

Buttons!

One day I was cleaning out a scrap booking box and found a bag of buttons. Chloe stole it immediately and started playing with the buttons. Since then, I’ve kept them in my ‘Chloe craft/play cupboard’ and I pull them out every once in a while for her to play with. She loves them! When she first started sorting and labeling colours, she was playing with her buttons.
Note: make sure this is a supervised activity, especially if your child likes to stick things in their mouth. Mine doesn’t, and has never put a button in her mouth, but it doesn’t mean she won’t…

I decided to try putting the buttons in a bin yesterday, since Chloe often takes them all over the main level of our house. I also put in some little plastic cups and a paper towel tube to spark some creativity. When Chloe normally plays with buttons, she makes a mess of my house trying to find containers to put buttons in, so this time I saved her the trouble!
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Chloe didn’t want that paper towel tube in this bin. She kept taking it out. I tried pouring buttons through it but she wasn’t interested. We played together for a bit and then I just stepped back and let her play for a while. She probably played for a solid hour.

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When we played together, we did some colour sorting and identification of colours.

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Chloe kept asking for the buttons the rest of the day. I gave her the bin a couple more times throughout the day. It’s such a great quiet activity!

Oh, and I didn’t find this idea on Pinterest. But I used to sensory bin idea I found on Pinterest to create a button sensory bin.

Buttons!

One day I was cleaning out a scrap booking box and found a bag of buttons. Chloe stole it immediately and started playing with the buttons. Since then, I’ve kept them in my ‘Chloe craft/play cupboard’ and I pull them out every once in a while for her to play with. She loves them! When she first started sorting and labeling colours, she was playing with her buttons.
Note: make sure this is a supervised activity, especially if your child likes to stick things in their mouth. Mine doesn’t, and has never put a button in her mouth, but it doesn’t mean she won’t…

I decided to try putting the buttons in a bin yesterday, since Chloe often takes them all over the main level of our house. I also put in some little plastic cups and a paper towel tube to spark some creativity. When Chloe normally plays with buttons, she makes a mess of my house trying to find containers to put buttons in, so this time I saved her the trouble!
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Chloe didn’t want that paper towel tube in this bin. She kept taking it out. I tried pouring buttons through it but she wasn’t interested. We played together for a bit and then I just stepped back and let her play for a while. She probably played for a solid hour.

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When we played together, we did some colour sorting and identification of colours.

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Chloe kept asking for the buttons the rest of the day. I gave her the bin a couple more times throughout the day. It’s such a great quiet activity!

Oh, and I didn’t find this idea on Pinterest. But I used to sensory bin idea I found on Pinterest to create a button sensory bin.

Sensory bin

Chloe really seems to be into the sensory bins I’ve been making. I made another trip to the dollar store and got some more glass stones and some little animal figurines. I decided to make a sensory bin with the glass stones, little frogs, a little lizard, some seashells and some rocks. My inspiration was from my small potatoes , yet again. If you haven’t checked out their website, you really should. So many great things there!

This bin was kind of supposed to represent earth. There were green and blue stones as the land and water, although they were all mixed up. I figured it didn’t really matter because Chloe is too young to really pretend with the bins I make for her. She enjoys playing with the stones and rocks, transferring them into other buckets and bowls that she digs out of the cupboard.
When I made this bin, I had my friend Shannon over with her daughter, Kira. Kira is 9 days younger than Chloe.

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The girls both took out pieces from the bin and played with them. They seemed to enjoy it for a while.

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22 months old is a bit young to know how to share. So there were some complications there. Both Shannon and I sat with the girls, trying to keep the peace.

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Overall, they seemed to have fun. Chloe played for a long time, transferring the pieces from one container to another. Kira liked the novelty of the new items and did some transferring of pieces to a bowl as well.

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Bins are a fun activity to do with young children. I like to keep novelty items that Chloe hasn’t played with much or has even seen at all. It seems to keep her interested longer, and it makes the bin seem special.