Sensory Idea: exploration bins
I recently asked my six-year-old what he wants for Christmas. He said all he wants is tape and construction paper.
I can do that.
So we came up with an idea that I thought I’d share with you today: exploration bins.
It’s not a new concept, but I hadn’t really thought of it in terms of sensory seeking before. As a toddler, my son constantly held a specific stuffed monkey. As a preschooler, he loved brushing soft things on his hands and his face. So it only makes sense that my first grader would love playing with pipe cleaners and craft pompoms.
We created a box filled with craft supplies. Not just coloring books and crayons. And not for the sake of creating tissue paper flowers (which are awesome, but not anything my boys are interested in). No, this box is for exploring.
My son taped together several pieces of white paper and drew roads and houses to show our path to our homeschool co-op. The he turned it 3D: he taped together construction paper to create traffic lights and stop signs, and put up pipe cleaners to be the power lines. And then he taped construction paper together to make a book to describe the entire scene (we count that as handwriting and language arts time).
It’s an exploration box. Let your child decide what they want to make and be okay with the mess. 🙂
Here’s a few ideas of what goes into an exploration box:
Pens (or pencils)
Key Rings (I won’t let my kids use a stapler, so they make books with a hole punch and key rings)
What else can go into an exploration box? (Comments won’t work on my blog, so comment on social media please.)