Aug 27 10
by cara
at 9:11 PM
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Apple Sensory Bin

To go along with our Apple Pie Scented Playdough, I created this Apple Sensory Bin after seeing one on No Time For Flashcards.  Our Apple Sensory Bin contains fake red apples, pinto beans, black beans (which look like apple seeds, don’t you think?  That was my intention anyway!), pine cones and corks.  I would also like to add acorns like the bin on No Time for Flashcards, but I didn’t want to buy them and didn’t find any outside near our oak tree.

The Littlest Apple has thoroughly enjoyed playing with this bin.  He likes to transfer the apples from the bin to a bowl using tongs, and scoops the beans, stirs the beans….okay, and throws the beans too.

This morning I got out the sensory tub for a playdate.  This was the first time I’ve done that, and it kept the boys busy for quite a while.  They sat facing each other on a quilt on opposite sides of the bin with bowls, tongs, and scoops.  This turned out to be a really great playdate activity (especially when there are just 2 kids).  I LOVE sensory bins!

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  1. Oh yes, sensory tubs are a MUST for playdates! You have to know your participants though… we have one VERY messy friend and so the tub doesn’t make an appearance when he visits. 🙂

    Great job on this tub, Cara – it looks like fun! I’m getting ready to prepare my September tub and it too has some apples in it. 🙂 I think apples are on the brain this time of year.

  2. I don’t know why I never thought of using sensory tubs at playdates before! It made the BEST playdate activity!

    LOL at “VERY messy friend”….that would be The Littlest Apple! He’s a wild man!

    Love this time of year, and can’t wait to break out my leaves and pumpkins! I really had to restrain myself this time around!

  3. I love the idea of sensory bins/tubs. I wonder if Robbie would enjoy one or if he would go wild and throw the contents everywhere… or just ignore it. He’s very hard to predict on those sorts of things. Perhaps I’ll try one soon.

  4. I have never heard of a ‘sensory bin’ before. What a great idea!

  5. I found you through sunday spotlight in No Time for Flashcards i like your sensory bin, i think i’ll come back to see more ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thanks! I’m teaching an apple united in my classroom this week and was looking for something apple related to do during a sensory break. This is great. On my way to Micheal’s to get the apples!

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