Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Preschool Mardi Gras Sensory Bin


The children actually help put these sensory bins together. They get to canvas the art room and play area for relevant items. 

The big girls decided we HAD to have jewels in this one, so I put them to the task of fishing out the appropriate colored gems. Excellent fine motor activity, and they debated between them on whether the color of the gems fit. "That one's too light green." "This is more pink than purple."



We ended up with it including:

  • Base of split peas
  • Crepe paper streams
  • Metallic ribbon curls
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Reindeer moss
  • Mardi Gras coins
  • Mardi Gras beads
  • Feathers
  • Gold metallic grass
  • Gems
  • A small doll to hide like in King Cake



The girls also insisted on adding green and gold glitter to the split peas. 


The crepe paper is for tearing and tying.

Since we had pipe cleaners in our Valentine sensory bin, I wasn't planning on putting them in this one, but was over-ruled. Little Miss H made several "balloons" out of them to celebrate today. They are a very versatile loose part.


Feathers and coins are must-have for Mardi Gras,


along with masks and beads.


The reindeer moss is a new element. It not only has a very unique feel to it, it also has a very earthy scent as well. It is a great sensory item as it can be pulled apart using fine motor skills, and pressed back together.


This is prior to beads and gold filler. They threw in some St. Patrick's Day foamies as well. Hey, they are green. And, you know which holiday this sensory bin is headed into next...
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Tags: child care, daycare, preschool, pre-k, homeschool, holiday, loose parts, loose parts play, spring, child, children, kids

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