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3 Tips - How to Make a Learning Sensory Bin

Updated: 5 days ago

First, what are Learning Sensory Bins?

Sensory bins are containers filled with materials that stimulate the senses, such as sight, touch, and sound. They are a popular tool among parents and educators because of their ability to engage children in hands-on learning experiences.

Creating an academic learning sensory bin for your students is a fun and simple way to provide them with an enriching sensory experience. Here are some tips to help create a learning sensory bin that is safe and appropriate for your child:

1. Choose a container: Start by selecting a container that is large enough to hold the sensory items and has a lid to keep the contents contained when not in use. A plastic bin or a large bowl works great. Really it could be anything. (I love the clear plastic drawer organizers. They stack on top of each other for easy storage!)

2. Select a filler: Choose a base material, such as rice, beans, or pom poms to fill the container. Really it could be just about anything. Make sure to choose a material that is appropriate for your student's age and development level.

3. Add academic learning items: Once you have selected a base, add items to the bin that will stimulate your child’s academic learning. For example, you could add bees for counting, addition task cards, subtraction word problems, etc. The possibilities are endless!

One idea for a learning sensory bin activity is to create a patriotic bin. You can fill it with red, white, and blue materials such as rice, beans, pom poms, and foam shapes. Children can use their hands to explore the different textures and colors, developing their fine motor skills and sensory awareness. As they play, you can also introduce them to the significance of the colors and symbols of the American flag, providing a meaningful connection to the holiday.

Another activity to try is a fireworks bin. Fill a bin with dark-colored water and add different colored glow sticks. As the child moves the sticks around, they can watch the colors mix and create a mesmerizing glow in the water, mimicking the beauty of fireworks. This activity not only enhances sensory exploration and color recognition but also introduces basic science concepts of color mixing and light diffusion.

But what makes these sensory bins truly special is the opportunity for open-ended play. Children can use their creativity and imagination to come up with their own ways to play and engage with the materials. This not only fosters independence and problem-solving skills but also allows for a unique and personal experience for each child.

According to child development experts, sensory play is crucial for children's learning and development. It provides them with the opportunity to explore and interact with their environment in a meaningful and engaging way. And with the 4th of July learning sensory bin activities, children are not only having fun but also expanding their knowledge and skills.

So this 4th of July, consider adding some learning sensory bin activities to your festivities. Not only will it keep your little ones entertained, but it will also provide them with valuable educational experiences. As the saying goes, "play is the highest form of research," and what better way to celebrate our country's independence than through play and learning.

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