It was rainy, slushy, dark and cold out.
I knew was taking care of the kids alone for a chunk of the afternoon. I didn’t want to take the baby out in messy weather (my baby boy is one month old!). I decided throw together a sensory bin I had been thinking about for a bit.
My daughter played with it for the entire two hours my husband was gone. Yet another confirmation that simple is best. I did play with her and share some of my own play ideas. It was easy and fun to practice sharing language and have quiet moments to just watch and play.
I put a bunch of black beans and a few handfuls of black-eyed peas in a bin. I added buttons of various colors and sizes.
I threw in some spoons and containers for scooping and pouring, stirring and dumping (toddler favorites!).
When she woke up from her nap, I let her get to work! She found all the buttons quickly. (Note to self: Use more, smaller buttons next time.)
She discovered things and buried things.
And even climbed in!