Water Sensory Bin

I love the fact that we have a little solarium out back.  Unfortunately though, for us, it’s not just a place to grow pretty plants and relax…  It’s our laundry room, shoe closet, tricycle riding corral, and recycling depot, all in one.  And today it became a play room on top of all of that.

I’ve been squirrelling away little things for some sensory bins I’ve wanted to put together for Miss G for a while now, and today Gracen and I finally found bins that are the perfect shape and size.  As soon as we got home, we gathered our materials for a super simple water sensory bin, changed Miss G into a bathing suit, and headed out into the solarium for some fun.

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We laid a blanket down first to minimize potential flooding and slipping, filled the bin halfway full of water, added a couple of drops of blue food colouring just for fun, and plunked in Grae’s collection of shells, rocks, and driftwood.

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She was a little unsure of what she should do at first…

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But in a couple minutes time, she realized that this was going to  be fun!

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Naturally, all of the ocean items came out of the water and were put onto the blanket.

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Then she used a strainer to help her “wash” her treasures.

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And before long, she was gathering her own items and adding them to the bin.

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But her favourite thing?  Putting things into cups and then dumping them into the water.

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She liked doing this so much that she began retrieving containers from the recycling bin to fill up.

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Inevitably, this happened…

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And this…

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And this. (She’s kissing the water.)

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And by the time we were through, her hands were freezing cold, her suit was dripping wet, and our ocean bin had gained several new items.

Here’s a little video…

5 thoughts on “Water Sensory Bin

  1. Kira was kissing her bath water a couple of days ago. Then today she kissed a tree. She gave that tree such a dirty look for betraying her kiss by being rough and bark-y, hahaha! If looks could log…

    1. Thanks, Tina! They do, don’t they? One of our guaranteed ways to turn a bad day around is water. Whether it’s swimming, a bath just for fun, a pool out back, or a sensory bin of some sort, it always seems to do the trick! :)

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