Put together a yarn sensory bin for your toddler and preschooler to explore and learn in a fun way!
We are part of an exciting series called 40 Sensory Bin Fillers, initiated by Little Bins for Little Hands. Today is our turn to feature YARN as a sensory bin filler!
Sensory bins are just that: a container, any size from a shoebox to a paddling pool, filled with some sort of filler(we are showing you 40 different ones in this series), children exploring and learning with their senses in an open-ended way.
Here we are preparing the bin. My daughter(3 years at the time) loves cutting, so she helped cut different lengths of strands. My son(14 months), was just interested in these funny looking balls(he loves all kinds of balls)!
This was him playing, exploring and learning with the yarn. See how he touches it with his hands, feels it against his face, climbing into the bin, involving his whole little body in this exploring process!
When sis played we added some white shapes, for contrast in colour and texture.
We looked for short and long strands, made shapes, wrapped the yarn around the circles with the grooves, threaded the triangles etc. Talking while we played about the textures, shape names, colours etc. I left the bin out for a few days, so she can explore on her own as well.
Here are some ideas to play and learn with yarn.
Make a necklace, build pictures, sort colours, make patterns.
There are many more ways to play with a yarn sensory bin, but let your kids have a go at a yarn bin and see what they come up with.