Tuesday, September 4, 2012

1, 2, 3 ~ Counting Sensory Bin

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With all the craziness of summer, we've taken the past few weeks to just relax and spend some unstructured playtime outdoors.  It's been a while since we've tried any new sensory bins or small worlds, so I thought it was about time to get back into the swing of things and take sensory play outdoors while it's still nice out.

Lately you've been starting to learn how to count!  It began while we were teaching you to walk down the steps (while holding hands with a parent) and we counted your steps off by "one, two." You picked up on it very quickly and I just love hearing your little voice say "one, two" each time you go down another step.  We eventually added three on whenever we count things around the house and the past few days you are counting anything you can get your hands on.  

A few weeks back I saw an amazing post by Small Potatoes where she created Imagination Bowls for her little ones.  Imagination bowls are scaled down sensory bins that are simple to put together whenever the need arises.  I loved that she arranged them according to skill level and incorporated learning in them as well.  So, today I decided to make you one based on counting with the numbers 1, 2, and 3!





I found a large Tupperware bowl for this sensory bin and it was just big enough to add a few items that you could manipulate.  The base of this bin is made up of red beans, which is a new one for you! In addition to the base I added the following:


3 rocks ~ 3 seashells ~ small cups and plastic spoons labeled with the numbers 1, 2, and 3 ~ cookie cutters ~ a counting book

There are so many ways that you can incorporate learning into this sensory bin.  Here are a few pictures showing what we did during our outdoor playtime.


We grouped all of the items together that had the same number and put the corresponding number of beans in the cup.

We counted items in the bin with the cookie cutters.

We scooped the proper number of spoonfuls into each labeled cup ~ one scoop into the #1 cup, 2 scoops in the #2 cup, and three scoops into the #3 cup.

We also just had some fun playing with the beans and items in the tub, as well.  I think I had just as much fun as you did.  There's something so relaxing about playing with beans!




After a while we read the book that went along with our bin then took everything inside and had some lunch.  Once lunch was over I added a couple of small bowls and you played for another hour hiding the rocks and filling the bowls from top to bottom.  The best part is, since these bins are so small, there isn't a big mess to clean up!


Additional Inspiration for Sensory Bins with Learning Concepts:

Counting and Sorting with a Critter Imagination Bowl from Small Potatoes

Letter Discovery with a Cornmeal Sensory Box from Dirt and Boogers

Teaching Coin Value with a Glowing Sensory Bin from Train Up a Child

Learning about the Summer Solstice with a Day and Night Sensory Tray



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    1. Thanks, Miss Courtney! We are totally keeping this one handy for the future! :)

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  2. This is perfect for my daughter. She has started counting to three, and this would be such a fun activity to reinforce what the numbers mean. I;m so glad I saw this.

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    1. I'm so glad that you stopped by, Michelle! I would love to hear how it goes if you try this with her. :)

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  3. This looks like great fun! I love how you used the cookie cutters.

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    1. Thank you! We'll be pulling this out again soon...he had so much fun!

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  4. This is so wonderful. I love how you have kept is so clean and uncluttered and all the sensorial scooping and pouring can happen, and still the concept of three is emphasised so beautifully. I love it.

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    1. Thanks, Ness. I sort of threw it together within just a few minutes of getting the idea and I was so pleased with the way it turned out. Sometimes those last minute ideas are the best. :)

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  5. Love that you incorporated learning into the sensory experience. I would love for you to share this on our Made for or by kids Linky http://wemadethat.blogspot.com/2012/09/we-made-that-linky-3.html

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    1. Thank you! Heading on over to link up now! :)

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  6. Our family loves the Duck and Goose series of storybooks! It looks like your kids had a great time. Thank you for linking up to my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop!

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    1. We love Duck and Goose, too! They are adorable!

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  7. Great sensory bin,my son would also love this.x

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    1. Thanks, Isil. He's always asking for beans, so we've pulled this out a couple more times. :)

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  8. I love this idea! Thank you for sharing. I think I might try it tomorrow.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Becki! I would love to hear how it turns out, if you give it a try!

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  9. great idea for counting the scoops of beans! darling activity! thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

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    1. Thanks, Andie! We're still playing with it!

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  10. It looks like so much fun. My kids love playing in sensory bins with beans and rice. It's been awhile though since I've made up one.

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    1. So happy that you've stopped by, Rose! I've been picking up beans and popcorn kernels all week...he just enjoys it so much, too!

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  11. I love that you set out sea shells as scooping tools. How clever!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I actually didn't originally plan for them to be scoops, but my little guy decided to create some! ;)

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  12. Sensory bins are such a classic toddler activity and I really liked the idea that you tailored it to a specific book. Thanks for linking up to The Children's Bookshelf!

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    1. Thank you! I think we'll have to try another one out soon! :)

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  13. Cute activity! I am featuring this on my Kid's Co-op roundup tomorrow. :)

    -Brittany@love, play, learn

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    1. Thanks so much for the feature, Brittany!

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  14. SUCH a great sensory bin! I love all of the counting ideas, especially the scooping and sorting by number. SO fun! Thanks for sharing at The Sunday Showcase!

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    1. Thank you! Anything that he can scoop or sort is a surefire way to keep his attention! :)

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  15. What I love most about this activity is the multitude of activities that comes from one resource.

    I love this activity so much that I've featured it in this week's Children's Bookshelf round-up. Thanks for sharing.

    Feel free to pop over and grab a featured button: http://www.mylittlebookcase.com.au/reading-tips/the-childrens-bookshelf-book-and-reading-posts-from-around-the-web/

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