Pack of foam stars ($3 on clearance at Wal-Mart for 36 stars!), large red and white poms (Hobby Lobby), flag pinwheel (Hobby Lobby), toilet paper roll (with the really fantastic art added by me), muffin tin (in stock), tweezers (in stock), USA felt letters (got these from a friend for a sensory alphabet we're making)
Sam started banging things. That's a shocker! He quickly started playing in-and-out games, which is big for him right now at 10 months. Poms in the toilet paper roll, stars in the bin, poms in and out of the muffin tin, etc.
Ellie went straight to building. She's really into this right now and I love seeing what she comes up with. This was a bridge of stars and poms, and a tree for a fairy house.
This is a great bin for individual activities too. With Ellie, there's patterning (poms and stars, different colors, etc.), counting, designs (we were stacking the stars to make flowers, etc.), and tweezing (those thin stars are hard to get with the tweezers!). For Sam, this is a great one for color matching, in-and-out, and vocabulary development ("through," "in," "on," colors, shapes, counting, etc.).