One of the easiest and best activities for toddlers is playing with sensory bins.
For the last couple of months we have been playing with this corn meal toddler sensory bin. It is well-loved by my toddler that is surprising that I haven’t written a post about it.
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- Corn meal
- Foam, plastic and wooden letters
- Shovels and scoops
- Foam blocks
I started off with just a few letters in the corn meal. Baby A, just like in any sensory bin had a fun time exploring just the base (corn meal). Once she had her share of pouring and scooping, I threw in the letters and scoops.
Some activities for toddlers to do in a sensory bin:
Scooping and pouring: Each time we filled a cup, we counted.
Make corn meal cupcakes : We scooped the corn meal and poured them into the cups and added letters to the top. Each time we called out the letter aloud before adding them as a topping. This reinforces alphabet recognition.
Block Play: We built simple structures with foam blocks and hid the letters behind them.
Play Peek-a-boo letters: Baby A will find the letters hidden by mommy under the corn meal. Again for letters recognition.
Letter “O” play: Pouring corn meal through the hole of the letter never got old.
Simple small world: Created a simple scene with the little people and incorporated the letters in the story.
At the end of the play session we had this.
As you can see, with our simple activities we hit several areas of learning : math, early literacy, story-telling abilities. After several play sessions, she learnt the letter “o”. All that pouring corn meal through the hole paid off.
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