I follow an amazing blogger, Busy Toddler. I love her ideas! She inspired me to try an ice sensory bin. Today I pulled out two plastic bins and filled one with ice and one with warm water. I laid the bins on some beach towels on the floor. I added a couple of my cooking spoons, a (similar) baster, and a water whisk. My 4-year-old and 16-month-old twins played for 30 minutes without a single fight! No one ended up sitting in the bins, and I heard so many giggles.
The learning that came from these low-prep bins made my teacher-heart happy. While playing, I asked my 4-year-old what happened to the ice cubes when he put them in the warm water. He talked about how the ice melted, how the water temperature changed, and why that happened. This is why I love learning through play! He will retain the knowledge he learned in those 30 minutes of play and will be able to apply it when he learns about states of matter. It was fantastic fine motor practice for my twins too. They are learning how to use a spoon. I loved watching them scoop and transfer all while making memories!
My twins are notorious for getting inside the bins while we are playing. Today was the first time they didn’t sit inside the sensory bin! I selfishly love sensory bins. It makes me feel like a super mom. It was low-prep and it didn’t cost a thing. As you can see in the pictures, your child doesn’t have to have pants on to do this! In fact, the fewer clothes there are, the easier the cleanup! I prefer doing sensory bins in the morning when they are still in their pajamas. When it gets messy, you can change them for the day. It sure melts all my mom guilt away!
-2 bins or bowls (one extra underneath if you would like)
–baster (similar one)
*I supervised the entire time. Be sure to use your judgement on whether this would be a good fit for your child.