I didn’t think that letting an active two-year-old boy play with 5 pounds of rice is necessary a good idea. That said, after ten days at home with him, I was so bored that even cleaning after my toddler seemed appealing. So I made a car sensory bin for him (my boy is obsessed with these) and ended up being very pleased with my decision. Scroll down to see the result.
If You’re Still Hesitant (Like I Was) Then Here Are Some Pros Of Making a Sensory Bin
- The planning and execution of a sensory bin are surprisingly fun even for a dads
- Toddlers spend a lot of time playing with sensory bins, and this is screen-free quality time after all
- Sensory bins make your partner happy because you have to clean the whole house afterwards (at least if you use rice as I did)
Supplies For The Car Themed Sensory Bin
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- You need a container: Big boxes and large bowls are perfect
- Choose your base: I used white and brown rice
- Cinnamon sticks
- Small bowl
- Colored paper
- Car-themed candy
- Car stickers
Making Of a Car Sensory Bin
I poured the white rice into the box and made little roads with brown rice. I attached some car stickers to green paper trees and stuck them to the rice. After that, I made a small “pool” out of a tiny bowl and colorful caps (you can also use buttons). Now I just added different small cars to the bin, and a couple of cinnamon sticks to function as gates.
You can see the result in the picture.
How Much Time Did It Take?
If you have all the supplies, then it takes about 5 minutes to create this car sensory bin. You have to quickly make a couple of green trees, but everything else is a breeze.
Don’t spend too long perfecting the design. I’ve seen some gorgeous sensory bins on Pinterest, but I assume that people have really put some effort into them. Young toddlers don’t care about the looks, and the bin will be a mess in 10 seconds.
I’m actually happy that I made this car sensory bin for my little fellow, although I ended up cleaning the whole apartment the next day (to the delight of my wife).
My boy spent the first 20 minutes scooping all the rice out of the box with his hands. I was quite sure that this is it, but to my surprise, he continued to play with the bin all evening. And he was delighted afterwards, and this is what parenting is all about, I guess.