Goodnight Construction Site Sensory Bin

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Posted on Aug 7 2014 - 1:00am by Samantha (Stir the Wonder)
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Hi! I’m Samantha, one of the new contributors to Enchanted Homeschooling Mom! I am so excited to be sharing the wonderful world of sensory bins here each month! Sensory bins are a lot of fun, but are also a great way to incorporate some hands-on learning! I like to tie in great children’s literature with my sensory bins, so that is what I am going to try to do as a contributor for Enchanted Homeschooling Mom each month. I find that sensory bins combined with a good children’s book is a great way to introduce new books to my son. It also allows him to sit and listen to longer books while keeping his hands busy. Book-based sensory bins are also a hands-on way to work on reading comprehension, story sequencing and retelling a story. Goodnight Construction Site Sensory Bin - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom I am so excited to share with you the Goodnight Construction Site Sensory Bin! This bin goes perfectly with the book Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and is a great way for kids to wind down before bed. To make this sensory bin for your kids you will need the following supplies:

Goodnight Construction Site Sensory Bin - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom To make this sensory bin, first you need to dye the white rice with blue food coloring. To do this I simply put one or two scoops of white rice into a gallon-sized resealable baggie, added a cap-full of white vinegar, several drops of blue food coloring and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Then I sealed the baggie and shook the contents until the rice was blue. Then I emptied the rice on a paper towel to dry. Do this process until the desired amount of rice is colored. To make the city backdrop, I simply cut a piece of cardboard into the shape I wanted and painted it with blue tempera paint. When the paint was dry, I stuck on some glow in the dark stars using adhesive dots. Goodnight Construction Site Sensory Bin - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom To get this sensory bin ready for play, I placed the five construction vehicles featured in the book in the bin of rice along with some little orange cones and a square of fabric as a little blanket. Goodnight Construction Site Sensory Bin - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom Once the bin was set up for play, Caden was eager to jump right in! He is no stranger to sensory bins, so he knew just what to do! I simply sat back and watched him play, while I read Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. The light lavender scent and the smooth feel of the rice has a nice calming effect. Goodnight Construction Site Sensory Bin - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom Caden played with this sensory quietly for about 30 minutes, the first time I set it out. He enjoyed driving the construction vehicles around, burying them, scooping and dumping the rice. I guess he thought the city backdrop was in the way because he removed it from the bin and continued to play. When he was finished playing, he tucked the construction vehicles in and said “goodnight!”. Goodnight Construction Site Sensory Bin - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom For more information on how to create sensory bins and some wonderful sensory bin ideas from across the web be sure to read Sensory Bin 101!  

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