This week was full of sorting, painting all kinds of sensory play as we learned about stars with our shape themed baby bins.
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Here is a look at what we have planned for our 6 shape themed baby bins:
Here are the details for each of our activities:
Star Theme Read Aloud:
We started the week reading Stars by Sarah L. Schuette. This was a great book for showing stars in the real world and we made it interactive by hunting for stars on each page.
Star Themed Sensory Bin:
Star Stamp Art:
**Aubrey is a painting pro now, so I chose to use our regular tempera paints for bright colors. If you have a baby that still puts everything in their mouth try one of these taste safe paint recipes from Can Do Kiddo.**
Star Button Bin:
Our next activity is a repeat again just switching out rectangle shaped buttons for stars. If you’ve been following along with our previous baby bin themes, you know we love repetition. It may seem tedious to us, but little ones love predictable and familiar activities (Which is why your little one probably has a favorite book that you’ve read 752 times in a row before finally hiding it under the couch just for a break. Yup, been there!)
This activity combines threading, stuffing and sorting for all kinds of fine motor fun. I filled our bin with star shaped buttons, lacing thread and colored bowls with lids. I cut slots in the lids of each bowl large enough for the buttons to be pushed into. Aubrey used the strings to thread button necklaces which required LOTS of concentration. She also pushed buttons into bowls and even tried to sort by color a bit.
Starry Night Sensory Bag:
We haven’t tried sensory bags in a while because Aubrey usually isn’t that into them, but this one was a hit. I filled a resealable bag with clear hair gel and black food coloring then squished it all together to distribute evenly. Then I sprinkled in star buttons, resealed the bag, and taped it shut. Then Aubrey used the bag to free play for a while. I also drew shapes for her to trace and practice naming.
Star Play Dough:
Our last activity was making stars with play dough. (I know just like we did last week, repetition is good for little minds remember!) I rolled out a few colors of play dough and Aubrey used rollers, cutters, and star shaped buttons to create stars of varying colors and sizes. Easy peasy!
Then check out the rest of our 35+ themes on the Baby Bins Curriculum Main Page.
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