Nature Inspired Sensory Bin

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Are you enjoying the summer so far?  We sure are.  This summer has been so amazing.  It’s been hot, but mostly, not so brutally hot that we are miserable just being outside.  Plus, we have our homemade water park all set up for endless hours of outdoor fun.  The last few years we have been hit with crazy hot weather coupled with some wicked humidity or the bugs are so bad that we can’t be outside much at home.  Not this year though.  We have been outside from morning until bedtime day after day.  I am not sure who is enjoying it more – me or the kids.  Not only are they learning a lot by playing outside, but I love to encourage their learning even more.  This time – we had some fun with a nature inspired sensory bin.Nature Inspired Sensory Bin Pin

One of my favorite things to make up for the kids are sensory bins.  I actually make up five sensory bins and keep them in these awesome snap close containers.  While some days I like to put in a ton of effort, that isn’t always the case.  I have an awesome list of different sensory objects to put into the bins.  One of my favorites though is noodles.  There are so many different types of noodles that I like to keep on hand for the bins, but this time I was so excited!  We had to do some shopping for Charlie bear’s birthday party, so we went through just about every aisle at Target to make sure we didn’t forget anything. I found the most awesome thing ever!

Not only did I find Back to Nature Made with Organic Pasta Macaroni & Cheese Dinner BUT Back to Nature Made with Organic Pasta Silly Sea Life Macaroni & Cheese Dinner and Made With Organic Crazy Bugs Macaroni & Cheese Dinner.  This is perfect!  Charlie is obsessed with mac and cheese lately – now I can make sure he has a naturally delicious childhood packed full of play and nature – his favorite things!  Since June was Get Outdoors Month and July 14th is Mac & Cheese Day – I had the perfect ideas in mind!  With a name like Back to Nature – this was definitely right up our alley!Back to Nature product shot

The next day – we had our Back to Nature Macaroni & Cheese Dinner on the front patio – their favorite place to eat.Henry eating back to nature mac & cheese After we finished eating, we got to work on the really fun stuff – finding everything we need for our nature inspired sensory bin.  It was time to use our noodles – haha, see what I did there?!  To start, I dumped four boxes of Back to Nature Made with Organic Crazy Bugs Mac & Cheese Dinner into the bin.  Noodles in bin

I sent the kids to scour our five acres and see what they could come up with for our nature inspired sensory bin.  Here is a list of what they came up with:

  • Maggie:  small sticks, flowers
  • Charlie: rocks, pinecones, pine needles
  • Henry:  sand

We don’t grow grass well where we live because it is so sandy, so we had some fun comparing sand and the cheese packet to discover their differences and similarities.Maggie comparing cheese and sandNature sensory bin

Once we added all of the stuff that the kids gathered, the fun really began.  We got to work with our sensory bin tools.  We usually use our sensory bin tools {measuring cups, spoons, different containers, etc.} but since we were outside playing, we just used our sand toys.   Kids digging into sensory binNature Inspired Sensory Bin verticalWhen they are done scooping and measuring {and learning math without even knowing it} they can use their imagination to create fun outdoor scenes with bugs.  My kids could do this all day!  They absolutely love digging into a sensory bin and I love when they get to have just as much fun making it as they do playing with it.  I love that not only can I feed them a lunch made with organic pasta but that they also have so much fun playing with it.  Want more sensory play ideas? Check out this ultimate sensory bin list.  

What would your kids include in a nature inspired sensory bin?


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