Sensory bins are a great way for children to learn through play (click here for more about sensory play from a previous post). This is an example of the sensory bin I created for my children.
For our family, this included some small Easter eggs, rabbits, and crosses. The crosses were important to us to signify our belief that Jesus died on the cross for us and resurrected 3 days later. This is an important value that we want to transmit to our children, which is why we intentionally included it in our children's play. (We purchased this set from a Handmade shop on Etsy - Legacy Learning).
I made 2 bins, one for each of my kids. I bought the $5 scrapbooking containers from Michaels that I will use for all their individual sensory bins. They are the perfect size and shallow enough for small children to reach into and manipulate objects.
I started with a bag of whole yellow peas ($2 from Superstore). Then I added Easter items that I wanted my children to explore.
You can include any item you value in your sensory bin that you want to expose your child to. This creates an opportunity for parents to have meaningful conversations with their child while they play. Having these conversations in play creates strong memories and connections to the value you are teaching them.
We also included eggs that you can open and close so that our children can practice their fine motor skills in opening and closing the eggs and scooping. Other skills they are able to work on are hiding objects in their eggs, counting items, turning them into shakers, and just exploring in any creative way they can think of.
Here are some books we read alongside our Easter sensory bins.
1. The Biggest Easter Basket Ever by Steven Kroll is about cooperation and how helping each other is better than doing something by yourself. It illustrates how kids can work together to achieve a common goal in a way that makes sense to young kids.
2. The Story of Easter by Patricia A. Pingry explains to young kids about the origins and traditions of Easter.
3. Happy Easter Mouse by Laura Nermeroff. If you like the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" series, this is the perfect book for you. This is also a great book for colors and counting.
I'll leave you with this final thought as you create play spaces for your child:
In what ways can I promote my child's play so that my child becomes flexible in infusing our cultural practices, while remaining free to enjoy their own cultural congruency within their creative play context?
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