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My son got a pack of safari animals for Christmas and I have been thinking of how to use them in a sensory play bin for him. When we had some leftover pasta one day I decided to use the pasta in a safari themed sensory bin for the kids.
What I used and did to make the sensory bins
I decided to color and scent our noodles with kool aid. I made a little flour paste ( take flour and water and mix until you get a paste) and added blue food coloring to the paste to use as water. I added the noodles and paste to the bins. Last, I got the animals and added them to the bins.
I made a bin for both my preschooler and toddler. They both kept waiting to play while I got it together. Big brother kept asking is it ready yet and little brother was right under my feet. Once I was able to set the bins on the table for them they were very excited.
They both put their hands in and felt the noodles and paste. Big brother went right to getting all messy and having fun. Little brother was not so sure about the noodles. He often is a bit undecided about different textures. I never know if he will like it or not until we try it. He decided he wanted to take the stuff out of his bin and put it on his napkin I had gotten out for him. Once it was on the napkin he played with it more freely. They now both enjoyed getting messy and playing with the sensory noodles and the safari animals.
We talked about the colors in their bins and the scent. We talked about the animals they were playing with. After they got through playing we cleaned up by tasting the noodles and washing the animals and bins out in the sink.
It is always fun to watch the kids explore a new sensory bin. We hope you and your kids can explore one too.
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