Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Peanut Sensory Bin from FSPDT

I am so excited to have Jaime from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails guest posting for us today.  She has inspired me to start sharing more of our "sensory" play with you since she has so many great ideas for learning fun with her bins.  Check out her blog and Facebook page to see all the fun she's having with her 3 boys!

We love to find fun sensory bin fillers at my house.  My kids really enjoy playing in a sensory bin.  Sensory bins are great for open ended and hands on play for children.  Each bin always has tons of learning possibilities waiting to be discovered by the kids.  This week we set up a peanut sensory bin and it was a hit with my boys.{please note children with peanut allergies should not play with a sensory bin like this}

Peanut Sensory Bin

Peanut Sensory Bin

What we used:

A plastic bin we got from Walmart  several plastic containers out of our recycle bin, scoops we got from target, and lots of peanuts.

Peanut Sensory Bin

What we did:

I poured the peanuts into a sensory bin.  We had gotten a HUGE bag of raw peanuts at the farmers market and just didn't find enough things to do with them so I decided instead of throwing them out we could play in them and then the birds and squirrels could eat what was left in the yard.  I set out the scoops and containers and that was it.  Easy peasy.

Peanut Sensory Bin

The kids could not wait to start playing in the peanut sensory bin.  They quickly started opening the containers (which is great for building hand muscles that will help with writing later and hand eye coordination).

Peanut Sensory Bin

It was a peanut factory, pretend play adventure for the kids.  They were engaged in pretend and imaginative play.  They had free play and were able to play as they wanted.  This is great to let them be independent and explore on their own.  Kids can learn so much from such a simple set.  

Peanut Sensory Bin

This peanut sensory bin was perfect for my kids.  We got to explore a new sensory bin filler and it was a hit.  They had so much fun scooping and pouring which is great for fine motor skills.  They had to work on problem solving skills to get the lids off and figure out how to get the peanuts in the jar.  They got to work on taking turns and playing together with one another.  Simple is not boring and you can quote me on that.  So many wonderful things to learn from the most simple of set ups for the kids.

As always we hope you and your kids can have some fun with this too. 

{please note children with peanut allergies should not play with a sensory bin like this}

All kids are different and only you can decide how you let your kids play. And with what materials you let them play with. My children are supervised when 
playing. Please keep this in mind with any post you read of mine!

I am an everyday stay at home mom. I have 3 boys ages 4 yr to 10 mo.  I love to find fun activities, crafts, recipes.... for us to do together. When I am not washing clothes and chasing the boys around I enjoy sharing our activities and crafts on my  blog Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tail.  You can also follow us through our PinterestFacebookTwitter,Google+,and our G+ community, All Things Kids.


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  1. Thanks for having us over to share!

  2. Thanks for having us over to share!

  3. We did one with peanut shells this summer and they had a blast! It always amazes me how the simple things seem to keep them the busiest!