Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Guest Post: Nighttime Sensory Bin

I'm excited to introduce you to this week's guest blogger, Amanda from Dirt and Boogers! We love sensory bins and this Nighttime Sensory Bin looks like tons of fun for little ones! Amanda blogs about the adventures she has with her son J and has great ideas for sensory, fine motor and messy play!


Dirt and Boogers
Hi! I’m Amanda and I blog over at Dirt and Boogers, where I write about all the fun stuff I do with my toddler son, J. I am so happy to be posting over here at the Iowa Farmer’s Wife! I have loved Adrienne's blog for a long time and am so happy that she let me guest post for her!

One of J’s favorite things is playing in sensory trays, so I make a new one every week for him to explore. They usually follow some kind of theme like colors, shapes, farm animals…really anything that pops into my head. Recently, I found the cutest owl clothes pins that inspired me to make a nighttime sensory tray.

Our tray included:

  • Black beans
  • Eye bouncy balls inside neon cups
  • Marbles in a baby food jar
  • Halloween rings (bats and spiders)
  • Owl clothes pins
  • A spoon
I always add containers and spoons into our trays because J is into that stage of filling and dumping. I’m amazed at how long a sensory tray keeps his attention and the creativity he exhibits when playing.

Please remember that many of the objects in the tray are choking hazards, so use your own discretion and make sure your child is supervised.