jungle sensory bin

I got an email that made me grin from ear to ear a couple days ago.

It was from my most recent student teacher.  A student teacher, who, over the months that she spent with us in kindergarten, really got the value of play.  And learning through play.

She became quite entranced with our sensory bins.  Every day, before she went home, she would make sure that they looked fabulously enticing for the kidlets to play with when they came in in the morning. Each day she would set up  the bin differently than the day before.  The kids loved the bins she got ready for them.  And they loved her.

When the practicum (sadly) came to an end, I knew the prefect we-love-you gift.  As always, the traditional book that we love signed by all the kids - and a starter kit for a sensory bin.  I was hoping that it would be the nudge to make her own bins.

The email was to tell me that she and her mom bought some more bits and pieces and had a wonderful time putting together a jungle bin.

Doesn't that make you want to go and find out what is in the bin?

Check out what is hiding under the leaves?

See what animals are lurking in corners and behind rocks.

I think she did a fabulous job with this bin.  

The news got better.  Student teachers at her university have to do an inquiry project.  She is doing her's on the value of sensory play.  




  1. Wow! That looks like an amazing sensory bin! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting about the jellybean book! I'd love to know your jellybean soup recipe!
    Tina from mommynificent.com

  2. I love how that bin turned out. Now I want to dig through all your old posts to see what you can do with sensory bins! I've not had those for my own kindies, but I'm interested to learn the value of them!

    Miss A's Kindergarten

    1. I love having bins in the classroom - the kids get so much learning with them. I have a link in my left sidebar that leads to all my sensory bins.


  3. What a lucky women your student teacher was to get the opportunity to work and learn with you. It sounds like her students will be very lucky too. One of my goals for this year is to do lots more sensory bins. I would love to see a post about how you store the materials that you use for your rotating bins.
    Mrs. Goff's Pre-K Tales

  4. You know what I think if you and those sensory bins. Perfect.

    London fogs with you and B? Dreamy.


  5. Wow! The bin looks great! It sounds like she's going to be just great in early childhood field! Isn't it wonderful that she gained such a passion for play-based learning during her time with you!

  6. What a great bin!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!


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