Little Blue Truck Sensory Bin
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We had a fun idea for an easy sensory bin set up to go with the book. A little over a month ago we created a sensory bin to go with the book In the Tall, Tall Grass and it lead to some fun play.
For this bin we started with a base of birdseed. We haven't used birdseed as a base before, but it was a hit with both kiddos and created a really cool tactile experience while using it. (Allergy note, although we luckily don't need to concern ourselves with nut allergy concerns, I did notice our birdseed contained peanuts. When using any sensory material with kiddos it's important to make sure it's okay for all different types of allergies.)
We also added in some of the animals you can find in the book: a cow, horse, sheep, pig, goat, and frog. (We were missing the duck and chicken.) We also added in a blue truck (of course) and small dump truck.
Both boys found different ways to engage with the bin.
Big Brother worked to recreate the story. He lined up the animals in an order like we saw in the book.
He also liked driving the vehicles around in the birdseed.
Little Brother enjoyed the texture of the birdseed the most. He particularly liked putting the birdseed into the dump truck.
Later he played with the animals in the bin, burying them in the birdseed. He has returned to the bin several times this week.
Definitely a hit and a fun book extension!