Jul 10 10
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Sensory Bin Extravaganza!

Today I created not one but FOUR new sensory bins as birthday gifts for my twin nieces’ 2nd birthday.  They’ve enjoyed playing with The Littlest Apple’s sensory bins, and I was looking for a birthday gift that was a little bit different from the norm.  I really hope the girls enjoy them (and that they don’t come across as 4 bins of junk!)  I had SO much fun shopping for this stuff…a little too much fun actually.  I had so much extra stuff that I’ll have plenty of materials to make a couple of new bins for The Littlest Apple as well!  All of the materials were purchased at Walmart, the $.99 Store, Dollar Tree, or Hobby Lobby.  If you’re looking for a unique gift idea for a preschooler, might I suggest a sensory bin?

Ice Cream Shop Sensory Bin

I saw this idea on Growing Up Our Style and thought it was the perfect summer bin!  This was the simplest of all the bins I put together.

Materials Used:

  • different sized multicolored pom poms
  • white pom poms
  • an ice cube tray
  • ice cream scooper
  • little ice cream bowls shaped like cones and spoons

Rock Garden Sensory Bin

Rocks are always popular for transferring, scooping and sorting, and in this bin, the rocks stand in for dirt for a gardening theme.  (No worms and dirt this time!)

Materials Used:

  • Various sized rocks and pebbles
  • Gardening tools
  • Plastic frogs
  • Silk flowers
  • Pots for planting and scooping

Ocean Sensory Bin

This ocean themed sensory bin is another great one for summer!  No water necessary, just use turquoise aquarium rocks for the water.  I wish I had been able to find more fish.  If I had more time, I would have added a crab and a tiny treasure chest (though there are 2 gold coins hidden in the rocks!).

Materials used:

  • Turquoise aquarium rocks
  • Aquarium net
  • Pink clam dish/scooper
  • Turtle (this and the starfish are toys that “grow” when you place them in water…we just liked the way they looked!)
  • Starfish
  • Seaweed for aquariums
  • Bait fish (these are extra squishy)
  • Foam mermaids
  • Foam glitter fish
  • 2 gold coins

Rainbow Sensory Bin

All credit for this idea goes to Mari-Ann of Counting Coconuts.  I took her idea of a rainbow bin using flowers from a lei and feathers and ran with it.  This bin has SO much stuff going on.  You really can’t even see all the rainbow elements included, but I think all of the bright colors are fun!

Materials used:

  • flowers from 3 leis
  • feathers
  • erasers
  • juggling balls
  • small sensory balls
  • beads
  • jewels
  • polka dot bucket for scooping
  • small cups for scooping

Since I purchased bins with handles on the lids, I just added ribbons and they were ready for gift-giving!

I’m sharing this post with the Weekend Wrap-Up at Tatertots & Jello!

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