I was really struggling with the idea of sensory bins and trying to decide if this was still a good way to present idea, topics, themes and experiences to Aodhan. I was concerned that perhaps it wasn’t stretching him anymore and that maybe he wasn’t really getting anything out of it…
and oh. my. word. what if it wasn’t fun?
I thought about it a little bit and decided that what I needed to remove was the scaffolding, or the ‘help’/support with the actual making of the sensory experience.
So, with this new frame of mind, Aodhan and I had a super amazing space sensory experience this morning.
A couple of the materials came from what we already had (the little astronaut and the little moon satelite antanae), but everything else Aodhan helped me pick out and/or make.
We bought some coffee in bulk – he smelled and selected the brew he liked best. He helped me scoop the black beans at the shop. The coffee (both beans and ground) and beans were the ‘space backdrop’.
Together we picked out which stars, coloured-sugar and little silver beads we would use. These were great add-ins making up the stars, other galaxies and ‘red mars dust’. He also painted all of the little wooden planets and stars we used. These were great! He used some water colours and the results were so beautiful. They looked great against the black of the coffee/bean combo.
In addition to him being invested in this aspect of the sensory bin construction, I also ensured that he was the one who actually put it together. I was able to make it a bit of a fine-motor experience as well, by having him add the planets and stars with tongs, and he transferred the little stars, beads and sand via a japanese soup spoon.
The scent is divine – something I was inspired to investigate after reading Make, Do & Friend’s Baby Barista post. I am not a coffee drinker, so Aodhan would have sorely missed out on this amazing sensory experiencing. Scent, smell and texture – all coming together to make a great space background.
We had a great time with this sensory bin and I can see it sticking around for some time! Unlike the Vegan Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake I just made this afternoon!!!
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