Welcome to the Wonderful World of Sensory Bins Series! This month I am back with a new book-inspired sensory bin! 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.
This month’s sensory bin was inspired by the book If You Take A Mouse To The Movies by Laura Numeroff. We love all the books by Laura Numeroff and this one is no different! It’s an adorable story about a boy and a mouse who go to the movies, get some popcorn and end up decorating an entire Christmas tree! This is a great book to use when learning about story sequencing.
To create this bin you’ll need the following supplies:
- 1-2 bags of popcorn
- Christmas craft ornaments
- other Christmas tree decorations
- large white pompoms (snowballs)
- plastic needle and yarn
- square of fabric (mouse blanket)
I also created an adorable felt Mouse to go along with this sensory bin. To do this I first photocopied a page from the book with a nice illustration of the mouse. I then used that as my pattern to cut out my felt pieces. I cut two mouse shapes out of tan felt, I then layered the pink felt for the ears on top and hand sewed them on with pink thread. I used this same method for the nose, mouth, and red overalls. I used some brown thread to define the mouse’s fingers. I glued the second tan mouse shape and glued it to the back using craft glue to hide the thread ends and make the mouse more durable.
Caden loves this book! We’ve read it almost daily since I brought it out! He really enjoyed exploring and playing with this sensory bin as I read the story to him for the hundredth time. It’s a good thing I enjoy the book as much as he does!
Check out the previous sensory bins in this series, Goodnight Construction Site Sensory Bin , The Salamander Room Sensory Bin, Monsters Love Colors Sensory Bin, and Thanksgiving Search & Match Sensory Bin. And 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!