Learning the difference between inside, over, and under was much more fun then I thought. Throughout different preschool themes, I have found that sensory bins are a great way to learn together even if kiddos are on different learning levels. Most are MESSY but read on for my ideas on keeping the mess to a minimum, so you don't loose "it" while they are learning.
An example from our preschool experience was the sensory bin of shredded paper (all of the bills and junk mail). I thought it would be a less messy idea that would great for learning prepositions (guess again). But someone should have fun with the bills, right?
We started out nice. The paper was over the truck, the dump truck was under, the paper was inside, outside or in between etc. But it quickly turned into paper snowflakes in the kitchen!
Not much left in the bin is there? Little man said, "Look now it is outside the bin, everywhere!" Well, he got the idea of the lesson, didn't he? But it got me thinking. How can we minimize the mess when it comes to sensory bins?
So after trial and error! Here it is: How to do Sensory bins with less mess!
Sensory bins can be water, beans, rice, shredded paper, rocks, sand, moon sand, and ice. (Makes sensory bin learning cheap!) All those things with toddler add up to mess. If the idea of having sand on your kitchen floor drives you crazy maybe rethink sand for an outside exploration or skip sand all together.
So here are some suggestions:
Slime was easy to make and stuck together well (see my note below), unless a certain 3 year old gets it in your hair then it is awful. So the ponytail and yoga pants look are prefect for this sensory activity for sure ;)
My notes: After having the slime for over a week, I noticed that it got super sticky. I tried adding a little water to it but it didn't revive it. Keeping it the fridge will help keep it longer but if it starts to smell like stinky feet, it is time to toss it.
Also roll up their shelves! It liked to stick to my kiddos shelves.
Hello, I'm Lindsey
A wife to hubby pursing higher education, a mother to two energetic kids, obsessed with all things farmhouse vintage and believer that food always taste better when it is shared.