Sensory play is so important for children to learn about the world around them. Since it’s almost summer and we just got back from the beach, I knew Mila would enjoy this sensory bin.
They’re also great if you need a minute to yourself. Sensory play can extend imaginative play and your toddler can be as creative as they please. This translates into more time to do a quick chore, sitting down for a second, or playing with them!
The best part, I already had all the materials and it was easy to do.
Here’s what I used:
- Blue tissue paper
- Biodegradable packing peanuts
- Half a cardboard box
- Candy fish
- Resin letters
- Miscellaneous accessories
- How to Catch a Mermaid by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton
To make the ocean part, I laid down blue tissue paper on the bottom of the box. Then tore up other pieces of tissue paper to be the water.
On the other half, I added sand colored packing peanuts. These are so amazing and I reuse them in Mila’s play frequently. I didn’t even have to buy them, just reused from other packages.
Then, I added candy fish to the water, mermaids, and seashells.
For the beach, I used resin letters to spell out beach and then added fairy garden beach accessories too.
Before we started playing with the bin, we read How to Catch a Mermaid. This is one of Mila’s favorites! She’s a little obsessed with mermaids at the moment.
The book prompted us to hide the mermaids and she played with the bin to find them. It was such a cute activity. She also loved talked about the book and pointing out what accessories we had in the bin with what was in the book. It really was a hit!
Mila enjoyed touching the tissue paper and packing peanuts. I had her explain how they felt in her hands and what colors they were.
We also talked about how to spell beach, the letters in it, and what color they were. Resin letters are such a great investment and can be used all the time! They’re pretty cute too!
Her favorite had to be when she realized she could eat the fish! She loves sour candy, so it was a pleasant surprise for her.
Mila actually asked me to keep the box together for her. I guess that means she really likes it. She’s constantly playing with her mermaids and talking about the beach. It must make her feel like we have a little part of it at home!
The best part of sensory play is watching your toddler be imaginative. We’ll definitely be using this one over and over again.
What’s your child’s favorite type of sensory play?