- Small containers
- Rolled Oats
- Red food coloring
- Basting Brush
- Popsicle sticks
- Heart beads
- Heart felt cutouts
- Add rolled oats to a container, mix a few tablespoons of water and a couple drops of food coloring.
- Combine and stir well. Adding coloring to water first makes it cover oats better.
- Add salt to a small container, add more red water mixture, stir. Not too much water as you don't want the salt to dissolve.
- Put the remaining ingredients in small individual containers.
- Place small containers in the bin.
- Place on kitchen table and have fun watching your happy kid explore!
- When finished place the lid on the bin and reuse everything again another time.
- This is the first time I have made a sensory bin.
- I didn't give my son any direction. I really wanted this to be an open activity where he could explore on his own.
- He started by using the basting brush on everything, then he put the red salt into the flour by hand, then started using the spoons, etc, etc.
- Eventually he emptied all of the containers one by one into the bin and stirred it all up.
- He really liked burying the heart beads and searching for them with the Popsicle sticks and basting brush.
- He is 28 months old and played with this sensory bin for 45 minutes straight!
- He would have played longer but he started just tossing the flour mixture in the air so I decided to put it away for now.
- Best to use away from carpet for easier cleanup.
- The oats, flour, salt, sugar and water mixture creates a great texture for playing in.
- Reuse again and again!
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