Singapore has been plagued with really bad episodes of haze lately and we have been staying indoors most of the time. I was quite bored of the usual toys and indoor activities so I decided to whip up a sensory bin for our little friend.
What is a sensory bin?
A sensory bin is essentially a bin that provides an experience that stimulates the 5 main senses. It allows the little one to learn through play, to focus and concentrate, practice fine motor skills, encourage independent play (especially at an older age), and develops language (especially with themed bins). Jen from mamapapabubba has a very beautiful collection of sensory bin, which are aesthetically assembled.
A Floral (and pandan) Sensory Bin
For our first attempt, I used a spare bin that we bought from IKEA and put together two of her favourite things: flowers (and a pandan leave), and water. The loose flowers were purchased from the market florist and I topped up with two more stalks of roses. Pandan leave was plucked from our mini garden along the corridor. And my, what a sweet smelling bin! I threw in a spoon, a pail, a cup, a strainer and a spade for her to scoop and sort and such.
I guided our little friend along with instructions (scoop, pour, put here, smell, red rose petal, purple chrysanthemum etc) and generally allow her to play freely. I know she looks darn serious here (she is serious about play time) but she sure did enjoyed herself tremendously for a good 30mins.
Erm yes, we played in the toilet for practical reasons: somewhere indoor where I can clean her and the aftermath easily. Since we don’t have a backyard and it is hazy, the toilet makes the best choice. I did give the floors a good scrub and spray before playing. We might move to the corridor once the haze clears. It was quite a pleasure watching her play, babble to herself and figure things out!