Recently I have been watching reels showing these awesome sensory bins for stimulating play. I find them really fascinating but it seemed a little overwhelming – special tables and bins. This blocked me from trying it out but I decided to try to make a super simple version. We have these Bullyland animal figurines which I wanted to use so here we go with the FunLab Sensory Bin: Africa – made with kitchen ingredients! This is a no hassle sensory bin that can be put together with leftovers which you find in your cupboard. We used bulgar, couscous, corn flower and lentils but anything with different sizes and textures will work just fine. The Bullyland animal figures are PVC free and come in many variations. This time the sensory bin was dedicated to Africa but the options are limitless with Bullyland.
After we added the base to the bin, we added some miniature cacti and a little pot for scooping. My idea was to pair the Sensory bin: Africa to a book reading. The book that I had in mind was “Lila and the secret of rain” by David Conway. In this sweet story, the importance of water and rain is beautifully illustrated. I wanted to introduce this topic into the sensory bin: Africa! I had ORBEEZ left over from the FunLab camp and I decided that they would be perfect for the transformation from dry to rainy seasons in our bin. Just add water and these beads grow and expand in a short period of time!
Once the bin was put together, it was time to start playing.
Have you ever made a sensory bin? Share your ideas with us!