Its the middle of September - so how long have you been drinking that iced or hot PSL? In that case, have you thought about switching up your sensory bin? We’ve curated a few simple and easy sensory bins to set up to give you just enough quiet time to sip that PSL in peace! This one adds one minor set up for you to consider, creating a “squirrel” from a few pieces of construction paper and an empty bottle. Then add in some birdseed as the base, measuring spoons & cups, fine motor scoops and you’re off!
Bonus: save some of the bird seed and head to your local nature trails to feed the chickadees!
This one was a huge hit last fall with our kiddos (big and small!). Just be sure to throw some towels down if you are working inside, or if it’s a nice day, take it outside! For us, it meant a morning visit to our local apple orchard, then post nap, we took some time to “wash the apples”. Soap, water, a little bit of vinegar if you’re looking for a true rinse of the apples, some scrubbers towels and a few reminders to be “gentle” to the apples, and you’ve got yourself 30 free minutes to sitterviseOkay, so this one basically involves putting a few fall things together, whether store bought or collected on a nature hunt during a family walk, and tossing it all in a bin. It’s great if you have things like magnifying class, scoops or tweezers, but also, just watching them touch, pour and listening to the sounds is great enough. Easy conversations about what happens to the leaves from spring to fall, as well as why there are pinecones can spark natural interest from your little babe
Fall Colour Sensory Bin
If the whole dumping random things into a bin fires up the mom guilt (teacher moms, do you feel me) this one adds an obvious educational opportunity should you feel your little babe needs it (or maybe wants it!). Using coloured cups, some fall foliage and the best part frozen veg, add in some spoons a bit of water, and voila! You’re kiddo is on their way to practising fall colours
Fall Pie Bin
Last, if you just don’t have the time to put it together, there are so many wonderful small shops who have taken the time to do it for you! Stephanie’s Small World is a local mama and teacher, who has themed kits. You literally can’t go wrong for with this choice! This was one of our favourites but be sure to check out all her other options too.
So your little babe would rather run circles around you then sit for an extended period of time and enjoy a book and a cuddle. That’s cool - we’ve got your back. Here are 5 strategies that can help create excitement around reading together in a calm manner.
The last thing you want is to find yourself feeling like reading time is a daunting task. Some kids just need a little bit more time to mature and increase their focus. Research suggests that dinnertime is equivalent to their age (so if they are 3 expect them to be able to sit at the table for 3 minutes) (SOURCE) This may apply to reading too. The last thing you want is to make reading a miserable experience for both of you. So, come back to it frequently and give them space when they need it.