Thursday, July 17, 2014

Simple Earth Inspired Sensory Bin

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My boys love to play with water beads.  In fact, we have been playing with the same blue water beads for well over a year now.  They have been a perfect sensory material to imitate large bodies of water like the Arctic ocean or a large bubble bath.  This time we used them to create all the oceans in the world with this simple Earth inspired sensory bin.  It was quick and simple to set up since it uses only two materials!  How's that for an easy sensory bin idea?!

Playing with water beads and aloe vera gel in an Earth inspired sensory bin for kids from And Next Comes L

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To make this sensory bin, I used:

I'm no world map artist, so I just created random land masses with the aloe vera gel with an island here and a continent there.  No biggie.  Like I said, the sensory bin was Earth inspired so I wasn't aiming for perfect little continents.  I simply squirted some aloe vera gel and gently spread it with my fingers.

Simple Earth inspired sensory bin with water beads for kids from And Next Comes L

Close up of simple Earth inspired sensory bin with water beads for kids from And Next Comes L

When I presented the bin to the boys, I encouraged them to talk about what it looked like it might be.  J, being literal, said it was blue and green.  Then he specified further by saying that it was water beads.  So I prompted them with the simple question of "Does it look like any planet you know of?"  J then declared that it was Earth.

Initially, both boys just touched the water beads.  J was the first to touch the aloe vera gel and was really surprised by its texture.  He giggled when he touched it!  

Soon, both boys were swirling and mixing the materials together.

Playing with water beads and aloe vera gel in an Earth inspired sensory bin for kids from And Next Comes L

Playing with water beads and aloe vera gel in an Earth inspired sensory bin for kids from And Next Comes L

The really neat thing about this combination of materials is that the aloe vera gel made the water beads sticky and somewhat moldable.  The water beads were able to stick to their hands for a few moments, which was pretty cool.

Playing with water beads and aloe vera gel in an Earth inspired sensory bin for kids from And Next Comes L

Playing with water beads and aloe vera gel in an Earth inspired sensory bin for kids from And Next Comes L

Playing with water beads and aloe vera gel in an Earth inspired sensory bin for kids from And Next Comes L

Pretty and simple - this sensory bin was a hit!

Be sure to check out these other ways to play with water beads:


Simple Earth inspired sensory bin for kids that uses only 2 materials from And Next Comes L
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