Saturday, January 14, 2017

Winter Sensory Bin

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Living in Saskatchewan, it was crazy to believe that we had no snow throughout November and December, up until Christmas Day. That's so unusual for us! 

So since winter wouldn't come to us, we had to get a bit creative and find some suitable snow alternatives during that time. This simple winter sensory bin for kids was one of those easy ways that we explored winter through sensory play, without real snow.

Not only is this sensory bin quick and easy to set up, it's a great way to target fine motor skills.

Easy winter sensory bin for kids from And Next Comes L

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Simple Winter Sensory Bin Idea for Kids

This winter sensory bin is so simple! It is what I like to call a dump and play sensory bin. Simply dump all of the materials into a large plastic container and start playing. No extra set up is required! Here's what we used:


Winter sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

I always like to set the fine motor tools outside of the sensory bin for the kids.

Winter sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

The scissor tong things have been a favorite for my kids for years! So it is no surprise that my youngest K went straight for them. He wanted to scoop up all of the "snowballs."

Working on fine motor skills with a winter sensory bin for kids from And Next Comes L

And he liked to use them to chomp the snowmen's heads. Also, unrelated, but check out those eyelashes on K!

Working on fine motor skills with a winter sensory bin for kids from And Next Comes L

He also liked to pick up the different snowflakes with the scissor tongs. However, it wasn't long before he ditched the fine motor tools for some bigger tactile sensory exploration.

Working on fine motor skills with a winter sensory bin for kids from And Next Comes L

He would pick up armfuls of snowballs and drop them to let it snow!

Playing with a simple winter themed sensory bin from And Next Comes L

Playing with a simple winter themed sensory bin from And Next Comes L

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