If You Take a Mouse to the Movies Sensory Bin



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Posted on Dec 9 2014 - 11:00am by Samantha (Stir the Wonder)
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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.

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies : Christmas Sensory Bin | Stir the Wonder for Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

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.

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To create this bin you’ll need the following supplies:

  • bin
  • 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)

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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.

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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!

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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!

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