All-in-One Fall Sensory Bin

 

 

We recently had a good friend visit us from overseas. She doesn’t have children but was very interested in our sensory activities and asked to take part in one. I decided to make a fall sensory bin with orange, red and yellow goop for E and our friend, C, to enjoy together but things turned out a bit differently than I’d expected ūüėČ

 

This fall sensory bin had it all: Goop, shaving cream, colored rice, baking soda and vinegar, and more!

(E was 3 years and 10 months old.)

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For our All-in-One Fall Sensory Bin, we used

 

 

 

Like I said, I made the goop from cornstarch and water first. It looked great at first glance but unfortunately, it was way too watery – and I was out of cornstarch!

 

This fall sensory bin had it all: Goop, shaving cream, colored rice, baking soda and vinegar, and more!

 

E and C were having none of my explanations, though, and insisted on going ahead with the activity. And so they did.

They started by dumping the watery goop into the pan.

 

This fall sensory bin had it all: Goop, shaving cream, colored rice, baking soda and vinegar, and more!

 

It still felt interesting, it just wasn’t goop.

 

This fall sensory bin had it all: Goop, shaving cream, colored rice, baking soda and vinegar, and more!

 

E scooped up some of the concoction and put it into a small container that she closed and put aside.

 

This fall sensory bin had it all: Goop, shaving cream, colored rice, baking soda and vinegar, and more!

 

Since I figured that baking soda and vinegar reactions are always a blast {Check out my post 10 Fun Ways to Use Baking Soda and Vinegar for more ideas!}, I put some baking soda into a bowl for them to use.

At first, E sprinkled the baking soda on top of the “goop”, then decided to dump it all.

 

This fall sensory bin had it all: Goop, shaving cream, colored rice, baking soda and vinegar, and more!

 

E and C mixed everything with their hands and had great fun exploring the properties of this new mixture.

 

This fall sensory bin had it all: Goop, shaving cream, colored rice, baking soda and vinegar, and more!

 

It’s fair to say that C had just as much fun as E did!

 

This fall sensory bin had it all: Goop, shaving cream, colored rice, baking soda and vinegar, and more!

 

Now E had an idea and asked for shaving cream – one of her favorite sensory materials!

It was thoroughly mixed into the cornstarch/water/baking soda mixture

 

This fall sensory bin had it all: Goop, shaving cream, colored rice, baking soda and vinegar, and more!

 

before E started pouring vinegar into the pan. When shaving cream is added to the basic baking soda and vinegar reaction, it makes for big, long lasting bubbles.

 

This fall sensory bin had it all: Goop, shaving cream, colored rice, baking soda and vinegar, and more!

 

They had used about half of a can of shaving cream at that point but that wasn’t enough for E. She asked me to get a fresh can.

 

This fall sensory bin had it all: Goop, shaving cream, colored rice, baking soda and vinegar, and more!

 

I’d forgotten all about the colored rice from our Fall Rice Sensory Bin I’d put into a bowl and set aside but C hadn’t – she decided to pour it on top of everything that was already in the pan, then they both played with the cookie cutters and artificial leaves.

 

This fall sensory bin had it all: Goop, shaving cream, colored rice, baking soda and vinegar, and more!

 

This fall sensory bin had it all: Goop, shaving cream, colored rice, baking soda and vinegar, and more!

 

Clearly, there still wasn’t enough shaving cream. E and C added more and rubbed it into their hands

 

This fall sensory bin had it all: Goop, shaving cream, colored rice, baking soda and vinegar, and more!

 

but couldn’t keep them out of the sensory mixture for long.

 

This fall sensory bin had it all: Goop, shaving cream, colored rice, baking soda and vinegar, and more!

 

At this point, C remembered the spider ice “cubes” I’d shown her earlier that I’d experimented with.

 

This fall sensory bin had it all: Goop, shaving cream, colored rice, baking soda and vinegar, and more!

 

I’d originally had other plans for them but how could I resist finding out what happens when you add ice to the mix of sensory materials?

 

This fall sensory bin had it all: Goop, shaving cream, colored rice, baking soda and vinegar, and more!

 

After C had played with the ice for a while, she was done with the activity and left it all to E.

E asked for a paper towel to wipe the all-in-one mixture from her hands and arms, then noticed that it was really fun to put paper towels into the mixture in the pan and let them become a part of her sensory play.

 

This fall sensory bin had it all: Goop, shaving cream, colored rice, baking soda and vinegar, and more!

 

When E was finished, too, this is what was left behind:

 

This fall sensory bin had it all: Goop, shaving cream, colored rice, baking soda and vinegar, and more!

 

This all-in-one sensory bin was definitely full of unexpected fun!

 

 

 

What’s your favorite sensory material? Have you mixed several of them like we did? Tell me about it in the comments!

 

 

 

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