I’ve posted about sensory bins before (No Mess Sensory Bin) but now that my youngest daughter is older we are re-visiting a lot of the same activities that I did with my first daughter. My oldest is enjoying everything again too.
For this sensory bin I just threw in a lot of small items and spoons to practice scooping and pouring. There’s smooth gems, and puffy cotton balls, etc. Throwing in some scented objects (like the tea tree oil toothpick container) is fun too. I save all tiny random objects around the house (like nuts and bolts and twist ties, for example) to switch out. Keeps them entertained in different ways for a quite a while!
I originally thought that having only basic Legos required a child to rely more on his/her imagination, but I was wrong. We got a couple of Lego kits. They are really awesome, fun, and inspire endless creativity! They are great on rainy days, and to get your kid away from the TV.
In the photo above, my daughter is painting from a booklet that has the ready-to-go paints on each page. She has a basic watercolor set, but these paint booklets are sort of a novelty for kids. I first introduced watercolors to my daughter when she was a lot younger, maybe two-years-old, and it took a lot of explanation. Now that she’s almost three-and-a-half she has no trouble at all using the watercolors by herself.
less messy painting
Here she is using the do-a-dot art paint pen set. These were a gift to her so I’m not sure where they were purchased. Probably most craft stores carry them, or try Amazon. These are great because sometimes I don’t have the time nor the energy to get out finger paints (which she needs help cleaning up afterwards), but she still can get her paint kicks out.
She also has fun with this activity because of the little bottles and the caps that need to be screwed on and off. It sort of duals as a fine motor development exercise with all of the unscrewing of the caps. And she has fun sorting the bottles together. Anything that requires coordination and concentration is preparing her for later being able to excel in the classroom. It all counts!