Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Ocean Sensory Bin

One of my all time favorite materials for the kids to explore and play with is tissue paper. There are so many ways to use it. Plus, it's cheap. And I always save it from birthday and Christmas gifts, which means I end up with a nice stash in our storage room. It's great to pull out for craft time and also to add to sensory bins (since we love non-food sensory bin fillers). Blue tissue paper, in particular, makes a wonderful base for a no prep ocean sensory bin for the kids.

Ocean sensory bin with tissue paper for kids from And Next Comes L

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For this ocean themed sensory bin, we used:

I put together this sensory bin shortly after my sons' birthdays back in September (and yes, I'm only blogging about it now). The abundance of beautiful blue tissue paper looked like ocean waves to me. Yep, totally got inspired by tissue paper. Weird, I know. But seriously, it looks so pretty in this sensory bin.

Ocean sensory bin with tissue paper for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

Ocean sensory bin with tissue paper for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

The funny thing is four year old K decided to really chill out with this sensory bin. He put on his headphones and turned on my MP3 player to listen to some tunes and audiobooks while he played. It was so eerily quiet while he played. I highly recommend pairing headphones with sensory bin play if you are in need of some quiet and calm in your house. Just saying...

Ocean inspired sensory play for kids from And Next Comes L

Ocean inspired sensory play for kids from And Next Comes L

K really loved to stack the fish on the sea shells, pretending they were beds for the ocean creatures. Then he would gently tuck the creatures into some waves, by pulling the tissue paper over top.

Ocean inspired sensory play for kids from And Next Comes L

Playing with an ocean sensory bin from And Next Comes L

Playing with an ocean sensory bin from And Next Comes L

Looking to use up that tissue paper? Try these ideas as well:


Ocean sensory bin with tissue paper for kids from And Next Comes L
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