I’ve joined with other bloggers today to create this Sensory Bin Challenge. The guidelines are simple enough: set out a container of plain white or brown rice for your child to explore. Do not dye nor scent the rice beforehand. Do not include tools nor toys to play with the rice. Simply give the child a bin of plain rice and let them add to it whatever they choose.
As a parent who frequently creates themed sensory bins for my children, the idea of letting them create their own felt foreign to me. Still, I was glad that we participated in this project as it turned out to just be a lovely experience for everyone involved.
We started out simple enough, I showed the children two sensory bins with nothing in them except for plain white rice. I gave them 5 minutes to explore the rice by its self and watched as they formed hills and dug their fingers into it and watched it fall between their hands.
Then I invited both the children to go pick out anything they wanted to use in their bins.
I was prepared to help SunnyGirl find something (I assumed based on her age that she’d need help) but she surprised me by making a bee-line to the cupboard with the plastic cups and grabbing a few to play with.
She used her hands to fill the cups and then poured them out into the bin and used her hands to fill them again. This went on for over 45 minutes.
LittleMan choose a wide array of toy animals.
He created a scene with the animals, used them to act out parts of The Giraffee and the Pelly and Me (his bedtime story the night before), then buried the animals in rice.
The children played with these bins for such a long time and it was wonderful for me to watch the way they explored.
Be sure to check out the other lovely blogs who participated in this Sensory Bin Challenge:
Little Bins For Little Hands
A Mommy’s Adventures
Creative World of Varya
Gift of Curiosity
Here Come the Girls
Kids Play Space
Life Over C’s
Life with Moore Babies
P is for Preschooler
School Time Snippets
Still Playing School
Teach Beside Me
Teach me Mommy
The Chaos and The Clutter