I finally got around to making Jackson a sensory bin. He had a blast! He asks to play in the "rice" every day! I got my idea from Jada Roo Can Do, Andrea does a new bin EVERY month (sometimes twice) plus tons of other AWESOME preschool ideas. The teacher in me is itching to make some felt mats, matching games, and other themed ideas. The Mommy in me still likes my naps and a clean house. :) Maybe in the future we can do more of her awesome ideas! Andrea is also great about linking all of her projects to other super sites, so it's fun to browse (and waste time) looking at all the ideas other mommies have come up with!
I used just a plain bag of white rice (5lbs-- I used about 4 I think). Inside I dumped a bag of dinosaur figures that I found at the local variety store (Horsfalls in Lansing, it's a post all on it's own). I also added a few "D" and some shapes to the bucket. This bucket has a lid, but it does leak rice if you tip it, so I want to find something a little more "leak-proof".
Such a fun and EASY activity!! I am going to make another one for Valentine's Day... I have to get to a store that has pink/red pom-poms. I want a different texture for this month!