Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Snow & Letter Sensory Bin

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I'm not sure why I've never done a sensory bin before but after reading about some of the benefits I decided to give it a try.  Here's our snow bin!

What's in the box:
cotton balls
stuffing (sewing)
foam letters (dollar store puzzle)
ping pong ball

Let me tell you it was a big hit!  It was played with for an hour and they came back multiple times during the day to play some more. 
 I added some foam letters for them to find and then we used a tracking sheet to identify the ones we found.  (I used this printable from Letters of Literacy) and placed them in these dry erase pockets.

 Great letter recognition, writing practice, and I was right there to work on letter sounds as well. The whole box is great for fine motor skills as well-the yellow one was a favorite for this activity.

 You may have noticed ping pong ball mentioned in the list.  I had a plan to add several and write the letters on them instead of the foam puzzle pieces.  However when I went to grab them I only had one left.  So I tossed it in as a mystery snowball for them to find.

 I think my favorite moment was when this little guy pulled out a bell and announced he found a "jingle."

Watch for more sensory bin ideas!

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