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Exciting sensory bins for curious kids by Mandisa Watts

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I have to say that Exciting sensory bins for curious kids by Mandisa Watts is one of my favorite books for inspirational ideas when it comes to birthday party activities. I just discovered this gem this year, and since the year of his publication, 2020, it has been a revelation for many parents, grandparents, caregivers and teachers. It is suitable for children aged 18 months to 3 years and beyond.

The author gives a magnificent introduction about what is sensory play and how sensory bins can foster a positive and healthy development in children.

Readers will keep learning about sensory bin basics, what sensory bin fillers to use, recipes that will give you a step by step guide in how to make your own colored rice, pasta, salt, sand, spaghetti, kinetic sand and cloud dough.

Sensory bin basics cover the following topics:

  • Sensory bin rules
  • Taste-safe options
  • Containing the mess
  • Protecting your floors
  • Timing
  • Tools to use
  • Toys
  • Storage
  • Extending play
  • and many more …

Each of the 60 projects provides a clear understanding of the setup time, the material you will need, the setup, how to play, what to talk about and useful tips. This book inspired me for the creation of the two ocean focused sensory bins for preschoolers: Clean the Ocean and Gooey Sea Animals.

Book sections:

  • Amazing animals
  • Incredible pretend play
  • Easy rice bins
  • Simple STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math)
  • Brilliant book-based bins
  • Fun learning
  • Exciting seasonal and holiday bins

I highly recommend buying this book because it is worth it. All the creative projects that the author shows are educational, fun, age appropriate and hands-on.

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