Fall Sensory Bin With Pumpkin Pie Scented Rice

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I think I’m in love. This sensory bin is awesome. It smells just like Fall when you’re playing in it. Oh yeah, and Trevor loves it too 🙂 I’ve seen the idea of scenting sensory bins floating around Pinterest, but I finally got around to doing it this year. It is so easy to do too. I dyed the rice orange by adding in the usual food coloring and rubbing alcohol combo, but I also shook in a bunch of Pumpkin Pie Spice during the mixing process. The added sensory experience of smell is simply fabulous. It is extra calming for Trevor for sure. He is engaging with this bin so much more than usual. We’ve played with it every night this week! I will definitely be adding scents to more of our sensory play activities from now on.

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Stars and Stripes Ice Play

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July holiday! Given Trevor’s sensory processing difficulties, we skip the fireworks. But I wanted him to have a fun way to celebrate with a holiday activity he’d enjoy. So since he loves ice play, I made him a Stars and Stripes ice sensory bin.

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I had two ice cube trays that make long ice cubes (I think they’re designed to make ice cubes for narrow-necked water bottles). I froze red-tinted water in one tray and blue-tinted water in the other. I also had a star-shaped ice cube tray. To make the white stars I mixed up some oobleck (also known as goop) and froze that. Trevor normally isn’t a fan of oobleck but he loved the texture of it when it was frozen. He kept calling them “creamy stars”. It was a great red, white, and blue activity!

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At night I set him up with a red, white and blue glow stick bath. Every year we go to a local flea market that is set up just for the 4th of July. We found a pack of red, white, and blue glow sticks there. He had such a great time in his “American bath” as he called it, lol.

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Happy 4th of July from our family to yours!

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Bean Bin Hide and Seek

Lately I’ve been making more of an effort to have Trevor to play in his sensory bins.  The experience really does help calm and regulate him.  With Paige’s birth I definitely was slacking with his sensory diet and it showed.  With organizing the playroom, getting his sensory materials in order was the first order of business.  His sensory bins are more accessible now and he’s really taken a new interest in them.  And the results of this increase in sensory play are wonderful 🙂

He’s been having a lot of fun playing Hide & Seek with his bean bin.  We use a bunch of little character toys (Toy Story, Mickey and Friends, etc.) that I picked up at the Dollar Tree.  We bury them under the beans and then he finds them.  He thinks it’s hilarious if I sing about his toys to the tune of “Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?” (Oh Where, oh where has Mickey gone, oh where, oh where could he be?) when he digs for them.

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What are your kids’ favorite sensory bin activities?