Easiest bin ever. Have I said that before? Well, I lied. This one is the winner.
Here's what Sam (14 months old) got out of this:
- Fine motor skill practice: scooping, turning his hand over to dump a pom out of the spoon, pincher grasp, coordination
- Colors: matching, sorting, putting poms in bowls
- Counting (hearing me do it!)
- One-to-one correspondence (in the ice cube tray)
- Vocabulary development: empty/full, more/less
- Size: sorting, sequencing, vocabulary
- Gravity lesson: rolling a bucket of poms down the tilted lid
- Persistence (those tongs were way too hard)
And for Ellie (3 years, 10 months), I also worked on patterning and addition/subtraction.
Sam will play with this for 45 minutes by himself. Ellie loves using it for pretend play -- the poms have been cookies/muffins/ice cream scoops, rain/snow, party confetti, etc.
Pom Pom Sensory Bin: pom poms (multiple sizes/colors), ice cube tray, metal tongs, various bowls and buckets.
Side benefit, I owned everything (and you probably do too), so it was free!
PS, have I quit blogging? Maybe a little.