Ocean themed sensory bin

by michelle on June 13, 2012 · 2 comments

I am a HUGE fan of sensory bins for Jonas. They’re a very Montessori-esque activity, and I happen to really like a lot of Montessori activities for Jonas. They’re usually very calming, but fun for him. I like to do sensory activities with him, as well. Have you ever just played in a rice bin? The cool rice flowing through my hands is really relaxing, so it’s a win-win type of activity for both of us. If you want to read a little more on Montessori style sensory play, this post is a pretty good one. That blog has a lot of nice sensory bin activity ideas, too.

Anyway, on to our summery ocean themed sensory bin!

Here’s what I used:

  • Old storage bin
  • bag of store-brand white rice
  • a few rocks
  • some shiny blue glass “rocks” from the craft store flower arranging section
  • this little package of ocean animals.
  • Stuffed whale is from the target dollar spot

I will add a small bowl and a few spoons to scoop with, and it’s finished! Cheap and easy, and all reusable things we can bring out for other activities later as well. I made this one to take on our vacation to the beach incase of a rainy day or if we need some chill-out play time with all of the family around.Just so you know, that amazon link is an affiliate link.

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Melanie June 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm

I <3 sensory bins. My son is 8 months old, so we haven't gotten into the themes so much yet, but I have tons of ideas for when he reaches toddler age! I'll add you to my blogroll and feel free to add me to yours – maybe we can trade more neat ideas like this one!

Becca C. July 14, 2012 at 12:38 am

That’s fabulous! What a creative idea.

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