Sunday, April 29, 2012

DIY Travel Sensory Bins

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We're getting ready to hit the road and travel with Daddy shortly! I love that we can tag along on his trips and explore different towns and cities.  However, if it happens to rain a lot, we need to be prepared for spending some down time in the hotel.  Just in case the weather turns ugly, I put together a few sensory bins to keep us busy! 

All I needed was two of your empty wipes container for transport and play!  I filled the first one with the different bases to line the bins.  The sandwich size baggies were big enough for each, so I was able to fit three in the container: green peas, blue rice that we dyed from an earlier activity, and the chocolate scented playdough that we made just a few days ago.




Next, I added some tools that you could use for any of the bases.  I filled up the second container with cups, spoons, a cookie cutter, scoops, and a muffin cup. 




We had to figure out some themes for these changeable bins, so I threw in some dinosaurs/rocks to use with the chocolate playdough, insects/trees for the green peas, and sea creatures/marbles for the blue rice.  These fit in nicely to the second container as well!




When it was all said and done, I had two easy-to-pack tubs to keep us entertained! So, if we have a little down time from all of our exploring, we can head back to the hotel and play in our interchangeable sensory bins!




Bonus Idea ~ Apple Themed Travel Bin




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28 comments:

  1. great idea Gina. I suggest adding a groundsheet style mat that you can play on and that is easy to tiny up after.
    Most of your toys will work great in the bath, another rainy day in a hotel activity

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    1. Thank you! A mat would be a great idea...right now I do have a blanket that we can put down, but a nice travel mat could be really useful. Oh, and I never thought about the bath! Thanks for the suggestion!

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  2. Hmmm, sensory bins where you don't have to clean-up after yourself? Sounds like great fun.

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    1. I know! Leave the sweeping to someone else this time! :)

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  3. A dollar store shower curtain can be cut to whatever size you want for a "drop cloth" you could also draw roads on it and it could double as a place for driving cars.

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    1. Ohhh, good idea! I'll have to pick one up! Thanks for the suggestion. :)

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  4. Wow, fantastic idea! Wipes boxes can really be versatile, can't they? One of those things you never knew until you were a mom. (Or at least I didn't).

    I'd love it if you'd link up at my Teaching Time for Toddlers Tuesday party.

    http://philwife.blogspot.com/2012/04/teaching-time-for-toddlers-tuesday.html

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    1. Thanks! I agree, I never knew how many projects or activities could benefit from wipes containers! :) Linked it up with Teaching Time for Toddlers Tuesday. Oh, and I loved the pics from your trip to D.C. I've always wanted to see the cherry blossoms in bloom. :)

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  5. What fun! This would be great to take to a restaurant to play with while waiting for your meal.

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    1. Thanks! We've been having fun with them when we come in for breaks after sight-seeing!

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  6. those tubs are a great way to keep those items secret until it's time for the fun to start! thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday! i'm a fellow KBN-er and a new follower :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and joining in on the fun! He had such fun sifting through the trays!

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  7. What a great idea...if i ever get up the courage to travel again with my twins i shall remember this post!! Thanks again for linking up with Kid's Co-Op...am a fellow KBN'r too!

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    1. I know! I always get a little nervous traveling with G. Especially when we're sight-seeing on our own. Luckily, this trip went smoothly!

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  8. What a great idea for travelling (I really wish I could get these sort of tubs here but they just don't do them).

    Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots this week.

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    1. That's too bad...they come in really handy for storage of toys, blocks, etc. He had fun with these bins! :)

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  9. Great Idea to have them packaged and ready to travel! Thanks for sharing at tip toe thru tuesday!

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  10. We're about to move several states away and I am looking for good activities for J while we're getting the new house together. This is perfect for that! Thank you so much!

    I'm going to feature this on Friday during The Weekly Kid's Co-op. Come by, check it out, and grab a button! www.dirtandboogers.blogspot.com

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    1. Good luck with your traveling! I hope it all goes smoothly! Thanks so much for including our post on The Kid's Co-op! :)

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  11. wow..this is a great alternative idea.. ill take note with this..it might be useful anytime..when i'll have a kiddo on my own..someday.. haha :)



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  12. Such an awesome idea! Thanks for this. I think my daughter will love you for this. :)

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    1. That's sweet Mandi! I hope she enjoys it! :)

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  13. So smart to use wipes boxes for sensory bins! I have to steal this idea!

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    1. Thanks! It really kept him busy on our trip! :)

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  14. I LOVE this idea. We are going on a road trip with our 14 month old for the first time next week, I think I will be making this! Thanks!

    -Brittany@Love, Play, Learn

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