Set up a simple pour and scoop sensory bin for your child. This open ended activity will have your child busy, entertained and learning for hours.
My children love the opportunity to explore different materials and experiment with ways they can be used and manipulated. A tub full of stale split peas, wheat and beans made Boo’s (aged 2.5 years) eyes light up and it didn’t take her long to get busy and playing.
Simple pour and scoop sensory bin
To create your own simple pour and scoop sensory bin, you will need –
- dried grain
- various vessels for pouring and scooping (funnels, cardboard tubes, cups , spoons etc)
This simple pour and scoop sensory bin had Boo learning so much. It was exciting to watch! You see, when a child is engaged in a scooping and pouring type activity they are –
- developing and refining their fine motor skills
- learning about gravity and weight
- cause and effect
- muscle control and
- self awareness and environment
It really is important that children are engaged in these types of activities.
I loved being able to include items in the scooping and pouring bin that captured the filling. A simple tea strainer and old hair tie container were ideal!
Capturing the filling also gave Boo a chance to look closely and examine each of the split peas, beans and wheat. It prompted lots of great discussion and further investigation.
This simple pour and scoop sensory bin was a huge hit with my youngest daughter, Boo (aged 2.5 years). She loved playing with the filling and using the variety of objects that were available to her, all aimed at promoting her scooping and pouring. As we know, this simple action teaches children a lot about cause and effect, self awareness, gravity and more.
Would your child love to play in a scoop and pour sensory bin?
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