This Easter sensory bin focused on fine motor skills and literacy. I didn’t facilitate much learning or play with this bin. I watched him as he explored the contents and a few times encouraged him to identify letters and their sounds.
Materials & Manipulatives
I used blue rice for the base. Mainly because Liam really likes rice but also because it’s easy to prepare and it’s versatile. In the picture, you can see spikey eggs from Target, finger puppets, bunny connectors, and bunny tongs I randomly found at a yard sale a while ago. I found the letter beads at Michael’s craft store. I kinda wish they had lower case beads too. Everything else was found at the Dollar Tree who knows when. (I’m super helpful, I know).
How We Played & Learned
As I said, I didn’t facilitate this bin a whole lot. Sometimes when I don’t facilitate learning or play with a sensory bin, he’ll spend more time with it. It also gives me a chance to observe how he plays, what he enjoys and ignores. Then, I can reevaluate what I put in bins and what I should and shouldn’t facilitate.
If I had facilitated learning with this bin, we would have worked on letter recognition, letter sounds, vowels and sounds, and simple spelling (I had more letter beads off to the side). Since I didn’t guide learning, this bin focused on fine motor skills and tactile sensory input. The beads, tongs, opening and closing eggs all gave his little hands and fingers a workout. He still has the hardest time getting those damn eggs put back together, though.
I also made up bright ass pink and blue glitter slime. I tossed in Easter foil confetti and let him mix them together to make the coolest purple glitter slime. The pictures look horrible so they’re not worth sharing but you can check out this Easter Literacy Slime.