Earlier this month, I suddenly thought to myself, “Oh my god! I’m stunting my babies’ growth by not doing sensory bins! I need to do sensory bins, stat!” And then I looked at pinterest and like twenty resulting blog posts about sensory bins.
The main thing I kept thinking was, “But my babies are going to eat everything.” Which put most of the bin ideas right out.
But I did see one with giant pasta shells and plastic links. I already had links, so I went to the dollar store for a couple cheap, small bins, and WalMart for some cheap big pasta.
I was all proud of myself and my new sensory bin. I sat the babies together and set the bin down, anticipating all kinds of fun and exploration.
Immediately, Malcolm grabbed a shell and put it in his mouth. Emmett grabbed the bin and shook it until it was empty.
Malcolm did also figure out he could bang two shells together to make a nice sound. So he alternated between eating them and clapping them.
Sigh. So much for exploration and growth and Pinterest-worthy anything. Oh, babies.
Then I realized that I could easily do a water sensory bin, too! And even easier than the pasta one! They love splashing in the bath and in the baby pool. So just put some water in a bin and let them go to town!
So I filled the second bin three-fourths full with water, and put it in the kitchen, then brought the babies over.
After half a second they started splashing splashing splashing away.
I quickly realized that I would need a towel for the water being splashed onto the floor. I ran upstairs and grabbed an extra bath towel from the linen closet. By the time I got back, less than sixty seconds later, all of the water was out of the bin and on the floor.
Sigh. Oh, babies.
At least I have backup activity if the babies get bored–give them some pasta shells to eat or a bunch of water to spill on the floor.