A Boy’s Ocean Fascination
Due to Bear’s current fascination with everything ocean-related, I created an ocean sensory bin focused on the underwater world. We use a plastic under the bed storage bin for our indoor sensory tub. That way, I can actually put a lid on it and slide it under the bed until next time. I already had the colored rice to use as the main component in the bin. It was a mix of all the dyed rice we'd used in previous bins. I opted not to re-dye because I thought it added a nice contrast and didn’t quite have the time.
Materials Used for Ocean Sensory Bin:
Multiple style blue and iridescent sequins
Blue and teal pony beads*
Blue foam threading buttons
Blue shower curtain rings*
Plastic toy ocean animals*
Ocean animal erasers*
Blue plastic rake and shovel
*dollar store finds
As an extension of the activity, I gave Bear tongs as a way to practice his small motor skills and hand-eye coordination. He went “digging” for seashells and “fishing” for the various ocean animals. Sensory bins are a great way to integrate learning and hand development. Kids love playing while they learn!
Since I already had the rice and fillers and I only bought the ocean specific items, this sensory bin cost me about $8.00. That’s not bad for the hours of fun we're having playing with it!
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