Monday, January 31, 2011

Valentine Sensory Bin

Super Tot is 24 months old.  

I have been wanting to put together a Sensory Bin for awhile now, and finally got one done for February.  I plan to use this as part of Tot School 3 days/week, and to change the Sensory Bin theme once a month.  

Super Tot LOVED the bin and explored the contents for almost an hour.  He was not happy when we finally put it away!  This is a good sign!  Super Tot usually has a very short attention span, so he must have truly loved it.  

Princess took a break from her school work to explore with him.  She even had fun with it!

My only regret is that I waited so long to do this.  I have done "Color Boxes" in the past, but this is way more fun, and provides so many wonderful learning and exploring opportunities.  From sorting, patterning and math to just plain sensory play, these boxes have it all!  

Here are a few other Sensory Bins I found that other Tot Moms have blogged about:

To see what other moms are doing for Tot School, click here or on the button below:
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Year of the Rabbit Tot Book

I am so excited to have made my first Tot Book!  A Tot Book is basically a small lapbook made especially for a Tot!  I have seen lots of other Tot Moms make them, but this was my first attempt.  I thought it would be fun to do a "Year of the Rabbit" theme to honor Super Tot's Korean heritage.  Basically, it's just a rabbit theme, and it turned out very cute. 

Here are some photos of the finished product: 

The "How Many Rabbits?" section is a small counting book that goes up to the number 10.  Each page has a number with the corresponding number of rabbits.  

There is an alphabet, accordion-style pull-out book.

I included a coloring book for Super Tot to color on his own.  There is a separate page for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and pink!  Each page has a different rabbit with instructions to color in the correct color.

I included a pocket labeled "Rabbit Puzzles."  Inside, there are six, two-piece rabbit puzzles.  

There is a shape book that includes circle, square, triangle, rectangle, heart, star and rectangle.

This Tot Book was a lot of fun to make and I look forward to making many more of them in the future!

Click here to see some other really neat Tot Books other moms have put together!