Sunday, July 31, 2011

Pond Sensory Bin

The kids have been having fun with our pond sensory bin.

Pond sensory bin.

We've used it with and without water. The kids obviously prefer it with water, but even with such a minute amount, my little ones make a pretty big mess. (I've been making them play with the water on the patio.)

Even without water, it's pretty cool.

The contents are as follows:
*blue and clear glass marbles from Dollar Tree
* white "water lilies" from Dollar Tree
*Craft foam lily pads
*Rubber duckies from the $1 section at Michael's
*Rubber frogs from Dollar Tree
*Teeny plastic frogs, turtles, fish from my local party supply store


  1. Love it! My daughter was looking over my shoulder when the screen scrolled down and just fell in love. When I explained what it was she got really excited. I had decided on doing our very first sensory bin this month. Guess it will have to be a pond one! Thanks for the great ideas. :)

  2. Okay, I've read all your sensory bin posts, but it just isn't clicking (call me dense). I'm fascinated. I'm guessing it has to do with sensory integration and you vary it with whatever you're studying. But I just don't get it. How do you use it? What does it do?

  3. Hello, Leigh.
    The sensory bins are basically just fun ways to encourage the kids to do some hands on play. Many years ago, my niece who is autistic, was under the care of an occupational therapist. The OT suggested letting her play in a huge Rubbermaid tote full of rice. The explanation was fairly complicated, but basically the sensory input is beneficial to people with sensory processing disorder (SPD.) Fast forward a number of years, and my own son has SPD. I started setting up rice bins, bean bins, etc to play in, and have expanded from there. You can have the kids hunt for little trinkets in the bins, picking things out with their fingers, a little measuring spoon, or tweezers. You can also just encourage free play.
    My daughter, who doesn't have any sensory problems, (that we know of,) loves to play the with bins as much as my son does. Lots of other bloggers seem to be putting them together as well, so they must be a hit universally.
    Short answer I guess, is that they're good for fine motor skills and imaginative play. :)
    Does that help?