After Baby N had so much fun playing with plastic Easter eggs the other day, I wanted to give him a chance at more sensory Easter fun. E has played with an Easter sensory bin before but since N can’t sit up yet, I knew a “traditional” sensory bin wouldn’t be right for him.
Then I remembered the huge box we had in the garage – and made him a Full Body Easter Sensory Bin!
(N was 7 months old.)
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Materials for our Full Body Easter Sensory Bin for Babies:
- Large box top with low sides.
- Plastic Easter eggs.
- Assorted baby-safe bunnies, chicks, carrots, etc.
- Containers (optional).
I went into preparing this activity thinking that we didn’t really have much baby-safe Easter stuff except for the plastic eggs. I ended up pulling together a large variety of plastic eggs, a few stuffed bunnies, carrots from E’s grocery store, a LEGO Duplo bunny, some random bowls, and added a soft scarf just because N had enjoyed cuddling up to it before.
It really doesn’t take that many different items to entertain a baby for a while, so just go with what you have on hand.
I sorted the items into the four corners of the box and plopped N down in the middle of it all.
He always enjoys pushing containers around, and he quickly discovered that they made a fun sound on the cardboard.
He quickly moved on to the Easter eggs – here’s his “All minnnnnne!!!” pose 😉
After a while, he turned around to check out the corner with the soft items.
Stuffed bunny ears are great for chewing!
N loved kicking the sides of the box and making the Easter eggs jump.
When N was done that first day, I left the sensory bin out for another time, and when I got back to it, I saw that E had taken it upon herself to sort the eggs by color 🙂
And she’d made him a shaker, too! Big sisters are the best 🙂
The next time N used his full body sensory bin, he really liked the LEGO bunny.
And he experimented with dropping half eggs out of the box and picking them up again.
I showed him the shaker E had made for him, and he tried it out for a few seconds but he wasn’t REALLY into it.
When Papa came home, they hung out together and chatted a bit – N still didn’t want to come out of his sensory bin 🙂
Have you made a sensory bin for a baby? What would you add? Leave a comment below!
Other Fun Ideas for Babies:
Simple Activities for 6-12 Month Olds by Powerful Mothering
Water Fun with Babies and Toddlers by The Educators’ Spin On It
Pillow Climbing by School Time Snippets
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