Sensory bins are what first attracted me to young home-based learning, and we used them all the time in tot school. When E graduated to preschool I shifted my focus away from sensory bin environments, using more trays and other sensory activities. But in the past few months I have been revisiting sensory bins with great success.
For E’s week of cat school, I wanted to make a “wild cat” bin. I had already planned for a floor of birdseed, but was still searching for a way to add some more dimension. I came across this wonderfully creative idea posted by 3D Geography (Check out these wonderful projects by Mrs. Everett’s class — amazing inspiration for sensory bin environments!)
I appreciated that all I needed was scissors, masking tape, and just one box from E’s “making” stash to put this together!
I started out with the box from one of our monthly deliveries of Kleenex (affiliate link for one of my FAVORITE deals on Amazon. So nice to not have to buy tissues at the store anymore!)
I actually only used the top flaps, cutting various shapes but keeping the corner in tact.
Then, I stacked these cardboard layers into two small piles. I took the top one off, put small pieces of tape on the corners (to hold the layers together), then made a loop to attach the top layer. (I kept some of the cardboard pieces with black lines showing as visible layers – I liked how it looked.)
Finally, I smooshed these down into the tray of birdseed, and now we had easy cardboard landforms for our wild cats to enjoy!
Thank you for checking out this easy idea to dress up sensory bin environments and come back soon for our whole week of cat school!