One of our themes at Quinte Parents this month has been Bears.
During our Toddler program we read a story, sing songs, create a craft and have a sensory bin each week that matches the theme.
Here is how you can recreate our Bear themed sensory bin at home. Most of our materials except for the black beans can be found at your local dollar store.
- I started with a large kitty litter box from the dollar store. It is affordable and just the right size with low sides so the kids can get into all the items inside.
- I found a bamboo fence that would normally be used to line a flower bed outside. I removed all the bamboo from the wires and was left with lots of short sticks. I used only about 12 so I will have lots to use in future projects. I glued them together, two back to back, to create tall bamboo sticks for my bears to climb on. (photo collage)
- My other materials include rocks, green buttons, green marbles, white rice and black beans. I arranged these around the sticks to create some different areas for the bears.
- I found several bears to add to our sensory play. A black bear, brown bear, koala bear, Black panda and a red panda. These were actually the hardest pieces to find as I had to buy several kits of animals and take the bears out of each. I was not able to locate one package of bears but I will use the other animals in future themes.
Here is the finished product:
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