I am always looking for ways to recycle rubbish/trash in play before it leaves the house for good. This recycled foam sensory bin with added animal magnets is a really quick and easy way to practise lots of developmental skills without kids noticing as it can be a lot of fun!
So what was this foam I was getting rid of? … I just cut up the strips that form the straight edges to our large foam floor mat pieces. They had sat there for many months, rarely used, except in the occasional home made obstacle course, ‘jungle’ scene or as reeds in a ‘frog pond’ (little blow up paddling pool. It was time for a quick transformation…
The animal magnets were a quick addition to the sensory bin, and a way to draw Master 3’s attention to the space-saving kids play space that is the magnetic whiteboard behind his bedroom door! He loves these animal magnets, and enjoys naming them, lining them up and playing out little conversations between them.
Placing the sensory bin on the floor beside the whiteboard encouraged some midline crossing, balance and coordination practise (bending, standing/stretching), and a fun way to dig around and find the animals.
It wasn’t long before Master B’s collection of little animal figurines also joined in on the action, and some lovely symbolic play followed. (I believe the sheep was enjoying some ‘grass’ when the gorilla happened to pass by…)
I really hope you enjoyed this post, and encourage you to chop up all those unused foam piece edges for your own sensory bin fun one day!