Monday, October 21, 2013

bins.




Sensory bins. Can I be real honest? I don't care for them. Wheeewww, there I said it. It feels good to get that off my chest. I truly do understand the importance of sensory play. It just seems to me all the really great ideas for bins that Jude would like, are not age appropriate for Lyla. The ones that are safe for Lyla, Jude would have no interest in.

I put together a fall bin about 5 years ago and every now and then I pull it out. Whiz kid Jude, didn't even engage in the sensory side...he started sorting the objects, and counting the number of items he scooped up with the spoon. So I guess on the positive side, the bin helped add a math into our day. Learning is learning, I'll take it. 

However approximately 3 minutes into our sensory bin play...I looked down for one millisecond, and Lyla grabbed, and dumped the entire bin all over the porch. I spent the next 20 mins of my life picking up pasta, beans, and corn kernels that were wedged into between the boards. Good times, good times. Truth be told Jude enjoyed fishing out the beans wedged in between the porch with a plastic spoon more than playing with the actual bin...go figs. 
 

Tell me do you use sensory bins?
Do you like them or do you find them obnoxious, like myself? 
What kind do you use? (obviously I am not using the right kind)

9 comments:

Katie said...

i wouldn't want to pick all those things up either!

Care said...

these picture speak so many words! they tell me of stories your children will have for years to come- so darling lady! I love the realness in your posts:) so cute!
I had those for child care for a while.. after a while it got on my nerves too... I gotchya there- going to have to figure out what to do when I have my own so let me know what you figure out:)

apartment-wife.com said...

i've never heard of sensory bins, but your pictures are gorgeous :)

Kerry @ Made For Real said...

The jury's still out on sensory bins for me...maybe cuz I've never really attempted them. But I prob should try them...surely some of my five would enjoy!

And just say no to dumped bins with tiny beans and kernels!! I'm sure I would have been cursing that bin under my breath a bit : )

Denise said...

i taught preschool for 10 yrs and never used them.

Alexa said...

Never tried them actually. But yes the clean up seems not worth it.

Susan Liberatore said...

Mother of the Year again.
I don't. I do play lego! lol

Kelly said...

When I taught preschool I had three hand-me-down sensory bins. I used one of the once. Rice went all over my classroom, I tried to clean it up, left some of the mess at the end of the day. When I got to work the next morning I had a nasty note on my counter from the custodian. Oops! Needless to say I never pulled them out again.

Kelly said...

When I taught preschool I had three hand-me-down sensory bins. I used one of the once. Rice went all over my classroom, I tried to clean it up, left some of the mess at the end of the day. When I got to work the next morning I had a nasty note on my counter from the custodian. Oops! Needless to say I never pulled them out again.