When I first started doing sensory bins with Lewis a couple of months ago they became a big part of our daily routine. The weather was keeping us trapped inside most days, so it was nice to have a designated activity to take out and freshen things up when we both started feeling bored and cooped up in the afternoon/evening before Daddy got home from work. We did bins for each color of the rainbow, and I changed the bin every 2-4 days, once he stopped showing interest in the current batch of toys.
Once we got through all the rainbow colors we did and Easter bin and then I put together a “shiny metal objects” bin, which has been his favorite bin yet. I think we actually kept this one together for 2 weeks, and ended up just leaving it out all the time because it was always interesting to him.
I kind of lost my inspiration after the metal things bin. I bought some jumbo pasta shells (an idea from Plain Vanilla Mom, found through Pinterest) which were interesting to suck on and bang together for all of one day, and then lost their interest. Even though he was bored of them they stayed in the bin for four days because I didn’t know what to replace them with. Finally I decided to cook the pasta shells, mix them with a tiny bit of oil so they weren’t all stuck together, and give them to him.
His bin now has cut up pieces of drinking straws in it, which are marginally interesting but I think Chris and I have had more fun with them than Lewis has. But, it doesn’t seem to matter so much that his bins have been somewhat lacking recently. The weather has been so beautiful, we are spending all the time we can outside. We have been going out at least twice a day, once for a walk with the stroller and once to sit in the grass, feel the trees, pick dandelions, etc. Some days we have gone out even more than that. This is our sensory play right now. Feeling the cool wind, the warm sunshine, hearing the birds, smelling grass and flowers, touching rough tree bark, tasting sticks and dirt and rocks and dandelions. The outdoors has so much more to offer than any little bin I can put together and we are taking full advantage of the perfect weather we’ve been having.