When I was teaching Kindergarten one of my favourite things to do for the children was to create sensory bins and activity boxes. At the beginning of every week, we would plan out a few activities for them to do during “playtime”, and this would ensure the new weekly activities would keep them interested. We would also make sure it was something they could have fun doing but also learning something that was developmentally appropriate for their age.
I’ve been creating these boxes and bins for Penelope since she was able to sit up, which was around 6 months. It was even fun when she was that young because at that age they are so interested in the world around them and obviously they put everything in their mouth. Now that she is almost two it’s gotten a little bit harder to entertain her, and I started using the “3 Activity Rule” for our vacations as well. So each week I’ve found her things that we’re inexpensive mainly from the dollar store or the dollar spot at Target. Also, probably the most important thing for me was to find things that we’rent to elaborate or big so that I could put them in a bag for travel.
Alligators or these bear’s if you can’t find these ones.
2 PlayDoh Colours (or more)
PlayDoh Tools or something for digging
Directions for Play:
Building a home for the alligators
Sorting Coloured Alligators
For older children, it can be patterns and colour sequence.
Can be an activity played with other children as well, so cooperative play.
POM POM JARS
2 + Clear plastic jar (can be recycled)
1 – 2 packs of Pom Poms
Ideas for play:
Match the colours of the pom-poms.
Use fine motor skills to place them in the jars, open and close the lids on the jars.
Sorting the colours and older children can practice the colour sequence.
Imaginative play using the pom-poms as berries.
Ideas for Play:
Pretty straight forward, lets children colour without making a mess or drawing anywhere else. We used these when we travel
Teaches children to colour within the lines
Using a marker is great for fine motor skills
I’m hoping to share these Activity Boxes or Sensory Bins once a month. If you have any ideas for new ones let me know!2