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 or topics 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 is based on the modern classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. It’s an adorable story of a little boy and a mouse. The boy gives the mouse a cookie and then one thing leads to another. Before he knows it, the mouse is asking him for a glass of milk and whatever else pops into his mind. This is an excellent book to teach story sequencing and this sensory bin allows kids to retell the story in a fun and hands-on way!
Suggested materials for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Sensory Bin:
- Small bin
- Felt Mouse (Tutorial at Stir the Wonder)
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Cereal
- Empty milk carton or bottle
- small cup
- notepad and pen
- small mirror
- small container
- cotton balls
- hankerchief or bandana
- paint brush (aka mouse broom)
You can make your own If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Sensory Bin as simple or elaborate as you wish. This bin will still be just as fun with only the cookie cereal and a couple of containers as it is with all the elements from the story!
Once you have gathered all your materials for this sensory bin, arrange them in an inviting way and set it up for your children to play. While they explore the sensory bin, you can read them the story. My enjoyed finding all the elements and acting out the story with the felt mouse as I read the book aloud. He gave the mouse a cookie and helped him drink his milk with the straw. It was all very cute!
After I finished reading the story, Caden enjoyed exploring the sensory bin with his hands! He loved digging in the chocolate chip cookie cereal and burying different things from the sensory bin! He even tasted some of the mini chocolate chip cookies!
Then he began filling the milk container, which is really a cleaned kefir bottle, with the chocolate chip cookie cereal. At first he tried filling it using his hands, and then he started using the small cup. This was a great fine motor activity for him to do, as he tried to figure out the easiest way to fill the small bottle opening.
This is the second sensory bin I’ve created for the series with this adorable little mouse! Be sure to check out our first one, If You Take a Mouse to the Movies Sensory Bin. And learn how you can create your own felt mouse with this photo tutorial!
If you like this book-inspired sensory bin, be sure check out the previous sensory bins in this series, Goodnight Construction Site Sensory Bin , The Salamander Room Sensory Bin, Monsters Love Colors Sensory Bin, Tacky the Penguin Sensory Bin ,The Octonauts Water Sensory Bin and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Sensory Bin. 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!