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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 our thirteenth week, we worked on learning about the letter “M.” To find items for our Letter M Sensory Bin I raided the girls’ toys, my craft supplies, the pantry, and our school supplies.
Letter M Sensory Bin was a lot of fun and very messy but edible. 🙂 I set it up outside so that the girls would not get the fake, edible mud all over the house. I used coconut flour, cocoa powder, unsweetened shredded coconut and water to make edible mud. Awhile ago I messed up my Amazon Subscribe and Save order. I accidentally ordered not one but TWO cases of coconut flour. While we use a far amount of coconut we don’t use two cases worth. LOL!
Letter M Sensory Bin
- Plastic bin with lid
- 1/2 bag unsweetened shredded coconut
- 4 cups of coconut flour
- 1/2-3/4 cups of cocoa powder
- 5-7 cups of water
- Plastic moose
- Plastic macaws
- Macadamia Nuts
- Plastic letter M’s capital and lowercase
- Plastic mallard duck
- Plastic meerkat
- Plastic maple trees
- Plastic millipede
- Plastic monkeys
- Plastic mouse
- Fine motor tool set
- In a bowl mix coconut flour and cocoa powder together. Add enough cocoa powder to give your dirt a nice light brown color. Stir in half the bag of unsweetened shredded coconut. Pour in water a cup at a time until your mixture is nice and wet. Pour edible mud into bin. Depending on the size of your bin you might need to make more in order to cover the bottom of the bin.
- Add in the plastic toys, letters, and food.
- Give plastic fine motor tool set to your child to use while exploring the bin.
The girls loved exploring their Letter M 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. I gave them another bowl of water so they could wash the toys off if they wanted too.
The first time the girls started exploring their letter “M” sensory bin, I read Z is for Moose from our Tot School Letter M Books list. During the rest of the week, we listen to music genres or instruments that begin with the letter “M”.
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, art & crafts, and math & science.
Have you ever tried a letter M themed sensory bins with your kids?
Have a great day!
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