Monday, June 30, 2014

Water Sensory Bin Challenge

 I'm exited to yet agin be joining in Sarah from Little Bins for Little Hands Rice Sensory Bin Challenge. You can read all about the challenge over at the Monthly Child-Led Sensory Bin Challenge!
This month's chosen filler was a nice and simple one: water! I'd love for you to join in too and share your experiences with me. The guidelines are super simple: Set out a bin of water only. Please do not create a theme with in the bin or set out a bunch of things for the child to grab rather talk with them if they need some direction or are on the younger side. Maybe a scoop and a container could be acceptable to add. Let your child bring to the bin what they might be interested in to play. Let it be as child led as possible but feel free to help as you see fit with your child.
To invite the girls to play I simply filled a container with warm water (it's freezing here at the moment!) and invited the girls to come play with it. Unfortunately Bubbles was completely uninterested, preferring to take her dolls into her room for a special teaparty and some little sister free time whilst Squiggles played with the water.
I have to say, I was quite surprised with the way Squiggles chose to explore our simple sensory bin this month. She didn't touch the water, or splash in it first, instead she dragged her chair over and tried to place it in the bin-whilst I know the purpose of this exercise is to let kids explore in their own way, I stepped in and asked her to take the chair out, simply because of safety concerns.
After being asked not to place the chair in the water, Squiggles pulled her chair up as close as possible to the bin and leant over to swish the water around with her hands.
She then asked for a face washer and spent the next five minutes placing the washer in the bin and then taking it out and either squeezing the face washer onto the floor or using the face washer to pour water onto the floor.
Remembering the missed opportunity from our Dirt Sensory Bin Challenge, I then pulled her tights off and it took no time at all for Squiggles to climb into the bin and splash the water with her feet.
Once she was finished playing, I grabbed the mop out, squirted a little soap nut liquid into the biggest puddle and Squiggles helped me mop the floor-combining play with a little cleaning!

Now you've read about how we interpreted this challenge why not hop on over and read about all the different ways this challenge has been interpreted at these fabulous blogs:

Please always supervise your infant/child at play.  Please stay within arms reach and never leave infants/children unattended.  You know you're infant/child best, use your own judgement-considering your infant/child's temperament, habits, behaviour and development before you play with a new play medium.

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