winter sensory bin

It actually snowed today.  For about 25 minutes.  And then turned back to rain.

That's our version of winter.  Except it's usually just rain.

But that does not stop us from winter fun inside.

The winter sensory bin has been a busy place the last couple of days.

All the usual scooping, pouring, sorting, burying, arranging, patterning, telling stories ...

Everything for this sensory bin came from the thrift shop, the dollar store, or lying around the house or classroom.

winter sensory tub ingredients

fake snow for the base
snow globes
sparkly containers
balls with glitter inside
cut up blue, silver and pearl necklaces (broken from the dress up box)
cut up pearl Christmas tree garland
foam snowflakes
blue, white and silver pom poms
white baby bows
clear and blue glass gems
clear crystals 

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  1. So cute! What a great idea :)

  2. Sandi, your sensory bins are so inspiring. I want to make one right now! I was wondering if you keep them year to year or start fresh each time?

    1. I keep my sensory bins from year to year. I pour everything (except scoops, bowls, dishes - things that I would use for lots of different things) into the big 5 gallon ziplock bag and keep them in a big storage container.


  3. It's beautiful! I really need to get on that. Not sure why I'm procrastinating.
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  4. Your sensory bins are great! They are always filled with the most creative items! I love that your kiddos get this hands on experience! :)

    Granny Goes to School

    1. Thanks. THe kids love the sensory bins - and when we have parents or other adults in the room, they often gravitate towards the bins and start playing with the bits and pieces. It's fun to watch.


  5. Just found you through the Kids Co-op. Love this beautiful sensory bin!
    -Ann @ My Nearest and Dearest


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