Sensory bins have been a huge hit in our house… Little Miss Sara loves exploring each new offering, and i love figuring out fun new options to use – especially as the filler for our sensory bins. Whether it’s colored pasta, or scented rice (coming soon 😉 ), the ‘filler’ is always the area where Mama ends up spending the most time. Well, not this week – This week is Halloween, and things are crazy enough as is!
That’s not to say this sensory bin is boring… far from it, in fact! This sensory bin has it all… fun textures, dress up, even chocolate treasure… a sure fire winner!
Let’s get started!
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Here’s what you need
A large, sealable container (these are great)
Small aquarium fish net
Beach spade and fork
hot glue gun
So, this one’s actually real easy… There’s no scenting of rice, no pasta that needs to get colored… you can have this one set up and ready to go in under 10 minutes! First thing you do is grab your hot glue gun and get that thing plugged in and heating up. Have your palm trees ready. We’re going to be attaching them to the bottom of the container. Don’t worry, you only need to use a small amount of glue – it’ll hold for the duration of your little one’s play session, but will come right off with a little wiggle and a tug.
Open all your beans and grains and pour them into your container. (The ones that i listed above are just the ones that i chose because i thought they’d look great together and work well as beach sand. You could use whatever mix of browns and golds, yellows, reds and blacks that you have available… 🙂 ) Add in the pirate treasure and the chocolate coins, and give it a good stir, making sure to ‘bury the treasure’ well!
Now all that’s left to do is let your little one loose on ‘Pirate Island’ to look for all that treasure! I know Captain Sara sure had fun – scooping, and raking, making it rain beans. Her favorite tool was definitely the little net.
Her favorite part of the whole activity… finding the chocolate treasure!
Happy treasure hunting!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this activity – if you know of any other ‘little pirates’ that might enjoy, please, remember to share! Also, don’t forget to check out the rest of my weblog here (brightnbrainy.com). Thanks!
Big pirate hugs!