It's time for more sensory fun! Our June theme is Oceans. Here are a few simple ideas of what to include in your bin for your Tot to explore!
1 package Turquoise Water Pearls
1 package Clear Water Pearls
1 package Blue Water Pears
Ocean mat, diver and clown fish (I found these at World Market awhile ago, THIS placemat would also work well.)
I'm a fan of regular-old lacing cards, but Dot-2-Dot lacing... major bonus! These two always get a kick out of anything with letters and numbers so it took zero convincing to try these ocean cards.
This bin was easy-peasy to put together. Water Pearls are too much fun to leave the kids out of the set up. They are tiny hard beads when the arrive, and after four hours in water they are marble-sized, squishy, wet, and too hard to resist running your hand through. (Secret bonus, they have a relaxing, almost therapeutic affect!)
As a test, I let the bin sit for four weeks uncovered. The pearls, while still wet, had shrunk to half their size. The package they arrived in had long since been tossed, so I covered them with water again, hoping it would help. By the next day, when I remembered to check them again, they were back to their marble size and the water was completely soaked in!
This is a perfect quiet time activity. They played hide-and-go-seek with the animals, claimed their favorites, found matches, but mostly just explored. If you haven't tried to make a sensory bin yet, this is the one to start with! It was easy and quick, involved no crafting, cutting, or creating. Your toddler is going to love it! *But please, use this bin under supervision, especially if your toddler is prone to putting things in their mouth.
What's in the Tub? is a monthly feature that focuses on fun sensory tub ideas to go along with the monthly theme at Totally Tots. Click here to see the past sensory tub ideas.