Looking for something easy to put together that will entertain your little one while you get some spring cleaning done? (Or maybe just while you have 5 minutes of needed Mom-Time!)
We’ve never put a filler in our Easter baskets (actually, we have buckets) before. This year I picked up some blue and pink crinkly paper “grass” to hide goodies in. I decided to use it first as a filler for this quick Easter sensory bin.
Then I added some plastic eggs (of course!). I hid a small surprise in each of the eggs: a couple jelly beans, a little rubber duck, a bell…) I closed all the eggs before inviting the preschooler to check out the bin.
I also added some bendy rabbits they got in their baskets last year and some squishy baby chicks that I found at Target. (The chicks light up, which was a neat surprise to the preschooler!)
Finally, I used an orange pipe cleaner that I wrapped around a pencil to make “carrots.” A bit of green pipe cleaner at the ends and they were complete.
The preschooler was excited to see his “bendy bunny” from last year. The crinkly grass was quite a hit.
But his favorite part?
Definitely the jelly beans that were in some of the eggs!
What I love about sensory bins is that you can easily make them for a broader range of ages just by changing a few things.
Once the preschooler was done playing, I used a dry-erase marker to write some sight words on the plastic eggs.
Each time she reads a sight word correctly she will get to open the egg and find her hidden treasure.
And I know she will have fun exploring the squishy chick and crinkly grass as well!
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