Now that the Holidays have come and gone, it’s the time of year where the cold weather really starts to get to me.
Staying inside every day because it’s either too cold or too rainy, can wear you down after awhile.
So I thought, since we can’t, or shouldn’t, rather, go to the beach and play, why not bring the beach inside?
I feel that my son is finally at the age where he can appreciate sensory bins (up until recently, his idea of fun with a sensory bin would be to dump it out).
In the past six months we have visited the San Juan Islands twice and while visiting each time, we searched for sea glass at the beach.
Well, those gorgeous gems are sitting in a drawer in a paper coffee cup in my room. I’ve been itching to use them for something where we can appreciate them. Why not make a Beach Sensory Bin with them?
Add a few shells from the Dollar Tree or, even better, shells you found at the beach, and this bin is shaping up to be a fun (indoor) trip to the beach.
Add small pieces of driftwood if you’d like (make sure there is no risk of splinters!), or other treasures you’ve found at the beach and now this isn’t just any old sensory bin. It’s a sensory bin full of memories! (I’m so cheesy, I know.)
*Note-make sure the sea glass has worn edges. In other words, make sure it isn’t sharp. Same goes for the shells. Check all of them to be sure there isn’t any risk of cutting your little ones.
Before adding all of your fun collectibles, start with a bin full of sand. Or in our case, we used moon sand (4 c flour, 1/2 c baby oil, mix well). Good old fashioned sand, or even kinetic sand would be a lot of fun too!
Mix the moon sand in the bin, then add the extras.
Lay down a sheet or a cheap tablecloth from the Dollar Store, and let your littles go to town!
Maybe even dig in with them and try not to think about how you won’t be getting to the beach anytime soon.
What does your family love to collect at the beach?
For more sensory bin fun, check out these posts!!
Homemade Colored Salt Sensory Play // Twitchetts
Peppermint Scented Christmas Sensory Bin // Parenting from the Heart
Monster Sensory Bin // Views from a Step Stool
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