We’ve done our share of sensory bins in the past, but this New Year’s Sensory Bin was one of the simplest and most engaging ones for N.
I simply just put a whole bunch of items from our New Year‘s party in a box, and N spent such a long time exploring everything, carrying items around, and just having a blast.
(N was 1 year and 5 months old.)
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Materials for New Year’s Sensory Bin
- Sensory bin. Really, anything will work that has enough room for all of your items. I had a lot of streamers and balloons but didn’t have any of our normal sensory bins on hand, so I used a large cardboard box that we use to carry groceries from the car.
- New Year’s-related items like balloons, streamers, noisemakers, party hats, headbands, etc.
The first thing N got interested in were the ribbons that were attached to some of the balloons. He spent quite some time feeling and trying to figure out the knots.
The pretty shimmery party hats caught his attention next, and besides trying to put them on (and finally succeeding with a little help), he enjoyed babbling into them and giggling at the funny way his voice sounded 🙂
And then there were the streamers!
So many fun ways to hold them, carry them, drag them around – N explored them all 🙂
The noisemaker was another favorite. He blew into it and chewed on it until it was beyond recognition.
To finish off the activity, N decided that the box was easily big enough for him to sit in – and decorated himself with more streamers 🙂
In the end, he’d managed to remove everything from the box and take the box apart, but even though he had played with a large number of items, it really wasn’t terribly messy, and everything was easy to pick up and put back into the box once I’d put it back together.
What do you do for New Year’s Eve with your kids? Would they enjoy a simple sensory bin like this one? Leave a comment below!
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