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This year during our homeschool preschool and pre-kindergarten, I thought I would try out some sensory bins. I make no guarantees that I will do one each week or that I will do them all year for two reasons. One I do not know if the girls will like them. Two I do not know if I will like doing them. 🙂
During the first week, we worked on learning about the letter “A.” To find items for our Letter A Sensory Bin I raided the girls’ toys, my craft supplies, and our school supplies.
Letter A Sensory Bin is a messy bin! I laid a plastic tablecloth over the girls’ table and placed the bin on top of it to help minimize the mess. The girls did really well keeping most of the aloe vera gel in the bin but some got on the tablecloth (yay for thinking ahead) and a lot got all over them. The girls asked to play with this everyday. Most days I was able to wipe them off with some baby wipes but a couple of days they had to hop in the shower to get clean.
Letter A Sensory Bin
- Plastic bin with lid
- 3 bottles of aloe Vera gel
- Real or fake acorns
- Plastic airplane
- Plastic ambulance
- Rubber or plastic alligators
- Plastic letter A’s capital and lowercase
- Plastic asparagus
- Fake apples
- Plastic ants
- Plastic arrows (assorted buttons shapes from Hobby Lobby)
- Fine motor tool set
- Squeeze out all the aloe Vera gel to cover the bottom of the bin.
- Add in the plastic toys, letters, and almonds.
- Give plastic fine motor tool set to your child to use while exploring the bin.
The girls had so much fun exploring their Letter A Sensory Bin. They used their hands to dig around and find the toys, the fine motor tool set to scoop, grab, and pinch up each item. They also counted the different kinds of items, counted the total number of items in the bin, and tried stacking the items.
The first time the girls started exploring their letter “A” sensory bin, I read Berenstain’s A Book from our Tot School Letter A Books list. During the rest of the week, we listen to music genres or instruments that begin with the letter “A”.
Be sure to stop by my Homeschool Sensory Exploration page where I link all of our sensory bins. And if you are looking for more homeschool activities, make sure you check out my Homeschool page which contains links to our book lists, crafts, and math & science.
Have you ever tried a letter A themed sensory bins with your kids?
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