Is that fall in the building?!? The fall is such a beautiful time of year to get creative with both indoor and outdoor activities for my children. One of my favorite indoor activities as a mom of a toddler and a child with crazy outdoor allergies, is sensory play. According to Healthline, sensory play is a type of play that activates and stimulates a child’s senses. As children grow, they interact with the world through their five senses of touch, taste, hearing, smell, and sight.
Benefits of Sensory Play
There are many different benefits of sensory play. A few of them include opportunities to engage with the world around them in a way that wll them grow and develop. As a result, this type of play improves connections in the brain for more complicated tasks as children age. Additional benefits of sensory play include mindfulness skills, language development, and encouraged experimentation.
Benefits of Sensory Bins
One of my children’s favorite sensory play activities are sensory bins. Sensory bins are meant to provide hands-on learning through the five senses. Sensory bins are a fun and easy way to incorporate learning through play. Some of the amazing benefits of sensory bins include imaginative play, improvement of the fine motor skills, and independent play.
Ingredients For Our Spooky Season Bin
For the spooky season of Halloween this year, I put together a Halloween mystery pin for my toddler Alexander. He’s been such a huge fan of it since I gave it to him at the start of the weekend. This Halloween themed sensory bin was easy to create. I used shredded orange paper, sparkly purple pipe cleaners, and shredded black paper for the base. For the ingredients I used plastic colorful eyeballs, plastic colorful bats, plastic colorful skulls, and plastic glitter spiders. I used large clear plastic spoons for his fine motor manipulative.
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Alex had such a fun time with this sensory bin! Cedric even joined in on the fun with his little brother to help count and name the ingredients in this Halloween bin as well. I think these will be a hit in our home going forward! I most certainly plan to make them both sensory activities that cater to their age and curiosity!
Do you create sensory play activities for your children? If so, what kind of activities? I need all the inspiration I can get going forward!
Let me know if you try out this halloween themed sensory bin. Tag me @mindfullywellrooted on Instagram to share your photos. I would love to see your creations! Happy Learning!