Saturday, March 16, 2013

Easter Egg Sensory Bins, Six Ways


Easter is quickly approaching, so here are six super easy Easter egg sensory bins for kids to try out. The best part is that all six sensory bins use two basic materials as the base! You can literally play with these materials for days, providing a new way to play and learn every single day.

Plus, you can take the learning on the go with a simple Easter busy bag idea as well!


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6 Easter Sensory Bins for Kids

Here's what you'll need to make these sensory bins:
  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Shredded paper or Easter grass
  • OPTIONAL: Permanent marker
  • OPTIONAL: Small objects for inside the eggs
  • OPTIONAL: Egg carton
I chose to use shredded paper as I had a pile waiting to be done (three cheers for recycling!).  The boys helped with the shredding, giggling when the shredder made its noises.  I also used some scraps of construction and scrapbook paper to add some more color.  But feel free to use store-bought Easter grass if you prefer.

Easter Sensory Bin #1: Sensory Exploration for Babies and Older

Keep the eggs whole and mix with shredded paper in a large bin.  Just let the child explore, helping them identify colors, describe shapes, count the eggs, etc. as you go.

Easter Sensory Bin #2: Alphabet Eggs for Toddlers and Older

Label the eggs with the letters of the alphabet and mix with the shredded paper.  Seal the egg with glue or tape so that they can't be opened (optional).  Help your child identify the letters on the eggs.

Easter Sensory Bin #3: Color Matching Eggs for Toddlers and Older

Keep the eggs whole and mix with the shredded paper.  Cut an egg carton in half and paint the individual slots of the carton to match the colors of the eggs.  Have your child pull eggs out of the bin and sort by color into the carton.

Easter Sensory Bin #4: Musical Egg Rattles for Babies and Older

Fill the eggs with different objects (e.g., bells, beans, pasta, etc.) so that they become little egg rattles.  Just seal the eggs with some glue so that little hands can't get inside.  Mix with the shredded paper.

Easter Sensory Bin #5: Surprise Eggs for Toddlers and Older

Fill each egg with different sensory objects (e.g., pom poms, pasta, stickers, small fun shaped erasers, etc.) and mix with the shredded paper.  Don't seal the eggs since the goal is to have the child open the eggs and discover the surprise inside.

Easter Sensory Bin #6: Alphabet Matching Eggs for Older Toddlers and Preschoolers

Mark each egg with a letter, the uppercase on one half of the egg and the lowercase on the other half.  Then separate the eggs, scattering them among the shredded paper.  This actually can become quite challenging since the eggs not only hide in the paper, but sometimes they get stuck inside other egg pieces.  The goal is match the uppercase and lowercase letters and put the egg halves together.

Easter egg sensory bin with alphabet matching eggs from And Next Comes L

We did Option #6 since J needs the more challenging option and K can already recognize about half of the alphabet.  I set up the sensory bin in the basement originally, only piquing K's interest.

K checking out the easter sensory bin from And Next Comes L

However, the next morning, I put it in the kitchen, where both boys finally took a chance to explore the bin.  They matched some letters up, but mostly enjoyed tossing all the paper and eggs all over the floor.

Alphabet matching eggs in an easter sensory bin from And Next Comes L

Leftovers from an easter egg sensory bin from And Next Comes L

Leftovers from an easter egg sensory bin from And Next Comes L

Easter Busy Bag Idea for Kids

I intended to turn the alphabet eggs into a busy bag after the boys finished with the sensory bin.  So that is just what I did.

Alphabet matching easter egg busy bag from And Next Comes L

And J loved to line up all the eggs.

J playing with an alphabet matching easter egg busy bag from And Next Comes L

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Easter egg sensory bins, 6 ways to play and learn with the same sensory bin materials from And Next Comes L
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8 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I really love how you've shown people just how easy it is to simply mix up the same materials to get different play and learning experiences. I've shared this post on Sulia (which also gets sent to twitter and FB). Now to pin! haha :)

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    1. Thanks for your comment and thank you for sharing!

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  2. This is a great post!
    I'm excited to set up an Easter Sensory Bin for Zack in the next couple of weeks! :)

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    1. Thanks! Hope Zack has fun with the bin you set up :)

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    2. We played with our Easter Egg bin yesterday. Zacks fav part was the shredded paper. :)

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    3. Haha...who knew shredded paper could be so fun!

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  3. We made this a few days ago, just cleaning up the easter eggs and remembered. We only did letters that look similar in upper and lower case. Plus Tom LOVES dumping out and making a mess of the eggs.

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    1. Sweet. I love how you modified it to fit your needs. And we are still playing with plastic eggs here too!

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