As the years have gone on, we’ve gotten more creative with what we put in them, and it gets more fun as the boys get older!
This fall and Halloween season I decided to create a few variations for the boys to play with! I usually give them an empty Tupperware or bowl and some measuring cups or spoons to scoop the objects up with. You can also use kids tweezers to practice using pincer fingers (helpful for writing skills) to pick up larger objects!
Here’s a look at the varieties of bins that I put together:
Rice & Skeletons
You can dye rice using vinegar and food coloring to jazz it up (or just leave it plain!) and add in some fun Halloween stuff to bury and dig up! My mom made a bunch of these little plaster skeleton pieces for the boys to paint and play with, so they seemed like the perfect thing to make this bin a little spooky!
PomPoms & Pinecones
This bin has many different textures for the boys hands to explore. You can even talk about differences in size versus weight of objects too to integrate a bit of science! This bin has some craft supplies like pompoms, tissue paper, sequins, colored macaroni and some pinecones for a bit of fall flair!
Pasta & Pumpkins
This is another bin full of some arts & craft supplies like googly eyes, pompoms, colored pasta and a few of my decorative pumpkins thrown in! I also had some extra plaster bats that I added to this one for Halloween. The great part is you can also use these as supplies for creating a fall/Halloween art project where the kids can just pick items from each bin and put them together however they’d like!