So the holidays have begun which means spending lots of time with our little friend. The husband had to return back to school for a couple of days so it was home alone with our little friend. Truth to be told, I was a little scared as it has been some time since we spent alone time together. While planning a rough schedule and activities for her, I found some expired oats and decided to put together an apple tree farm sensory bin.
grew made some apple tress using cupboard, felt and pompom,
and put together whatever apple stuff I can find at home. I also used a tiny bit of apple food flavouring to enhance the smell of this fun bin. In the midst of putting this bin together while our friend is awake, I forgot to include the cinnamon stick which would have added another dimension to the sensory play.
The apple tree farm kept her entertained for a good 30-45 mins. It took her some time to warm up to the farm and figure about how it is supposed to work. She went straight for the oats and I guided her to scoop and transfer.
After a few rounds of practice, she could do it all by herself!
I also talk her through the items in the bin: tree, green, apple, big, small, red, furry, smooth, pink, yellow, pail, scoop, spade etc.
Yes it did get messy but oats are easier to clean up than I expected. I didn’t even sweep it up, just scoop with my hand.
I had fun watching her play and she had fun playing! To more sensory bins and beyond!