I'm new to sensory bins, so I may not have "done it right." I provided my toddler with natural elements with an emphasis on the sense of smell: flowers, grass, lavender, rosemary, mint, spring onions and purple garlic. (Perfect for my Making Something Out Of Nothing series leading up to Earth Day - a sensory bin from our own backyard).
The scent component didn't really captivate him, but seemed more like something he did to appease his mother. What attracted him was the possibility of putting the items in a bucket of water to create a pond. (We went on a nature hike Sunday and the pond made a big impression).
After emptying the bin of everything except the sand, he decided he needed more flowers for it and began picking flowers from the yard to add to the pond creating a truly lovely pond that the baby had to explore too.
On the list for my next library trip (real one, not pretend) is to get a children's book about bees collecting pollen. If you have any recommendations, send my way via a comment.
Oh, and check out this great sensory spice painting activity that explores scent and taste from Make, Do and Friend. So cool!
Shared this at: Montessori Monday
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