My children have 2 sensory bins which we change out the contents of about 2-3 times a month. Because the contents are ever rotating, this keeps them interested and I don’t feel the need to invest any money towards the bins, simply using items that are readily available around our home.
This past Christmas, I put together an extra-special sensory bin for LittleMan. 3 times the size of his usual sensory bins and with pricey licensed character figurines, this bin was meant to be a longer-lasting fixture in our home.
About a week ago, I posted on our alternative to fairy/gnome gardens: zombie forest. At the time our seeds had not yet sprouted so the forest looked a little barren. Well the seeds have grown in now and I can say that it looks exactly how we imagined it should.
First, let me share how it looked the day we planted it:
And here’s how it looked a few days ago:
Now, here’s how it looks today: (more…)
I used to do “letter of the week” style drills with LittleMan. I would direct his attention to that letter, read him stories about that letter, have him trace that letter, talk about objects which names started with that letter, etc.. But I found that it didn’t work.
The majority of the time LittleMan seemed to forget whatever letter we were discussing by the time we moved on to the next letter. And even when he didn’t forget the letter, he never really seemed to grasp what it was. C is for cat, d is for dog; to him these were nonsensical statements, abstract ideas which he was unable to wrap his head around. (more…)
Here’s something I’ve been meaning to post about for a while now.
I mentioned storage for our giant sponge when I did the virtual tour of our children’s art studio but I never did say what it is we do with a giant sponge…
Last week our family did our first grocery trip of our no spend month and we had all agreed that we would only buy what was on the list, so I made sure to put a couple small treats that we don’t normally get on the list. The first of those treats was a box of generic Fruit Loops.
I am all about stretching a dollar and I couldn’t help but wonder, “how much could we do with a single box of generic Fruit Loop cereal?”
We had a ton of fun answering that question!
Here’s what we came up with…
Today I was planning to do a color themed bath for the kids. Simple, easy, fun. Just throw in some balls and balloons, maybe some legos all the same color. Add scented bath paint and colored water and you’re golden. But sometime around breakfast I went from deciding to do a blue themed bath, to doing a purple themed bath, to doing a Harold and the Purple Crayon themed bath. Once my mind got onto Harold and the Purple Crayon things just started happening. Next thing I know I had thrown together an entire Harold and the Purple Crayon themed day for the kids.
I’ve found that more than anything, young children really love to play with stuff that isn’t toys. Boxes. Balls of newspaper. Milk caps. Egg cartons. Soda bottles. Really anything you’d normally throw into the recycling bin. Its fairly harmless and makes them happy so I try not to fight them on it. In fact, I’ve found some ways of capitalizing on this interest in non-toys. For example, these discovery bottles. (more…)
Today I was trying to put together an Easter themed sensory bin but I just couldn’t shake this idea I saw on Creekside Learning: magnets in the sensory bin. So I figured, why not combine the two themes? Easter + magnets = Magnetic Easter Sensory Bin.
I’ve just finished putting together a couple new sensory bins and I’m quite excited to see how LittleMan reacts to them in the morning. SunnyGirl was still up when I was assembling them so she got first go.
Two bins, each representing a side of the force. (more…)
Alittle intimidated to be making my first post on my first blog so, instead of jumping into talking about our preparations for our first homeschool year, I figured I’d take a step back into my comfort-zone and talk a bit about another one of our family firsts: our first sensory bin.
I fell in love with the idea of sensory exploration from the moment I first read about it and sensory bins seemed to be the least messy way of enjoying this type of play with my children. Of course it was only a matter of time before I let go of my fear of mess and started handing them bowls of shaving cream, but thats a post for another day.
Our first bin was based off the book “Put Me in the Zoo,” by Robert Lopshire. A personal favorite of my son’s.