Please tell me this happens to you too.
Your Lil’ gobbles up their friend’s snack so you go out and buy some and they WON’T touch them.

Or

They have been gobbling up crackers, so you head over to Costco and buy a HUGE box. Now guess what, your toddler who was eating their weight in crackers for the last week thinks crackers are yucky.

If this sounds familiar, I have an opportunity for you to clean out your pantry and still get some use out of all those forgotten snacks.

Today’s activity is a simple sensory bin that will allow your Lil’ to explore a variety of textures and maybe even some tastes… (Rea’s definitely started snacking on stale crackers. Face palm)

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Science

  • Understand 3 of the 5 senses to make observations

Engineering

  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Science

  • Use 5-senses to make observations

Engineering

  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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*Wash Bin

Crunchy Pantry Items

Kitchen Utensils

Step #1
Fill your sensory bin with various crunchy  pantry items.

We used:

  • crackers
  • dry lasagna noodles
  • pumpkin seeds
  • granola bars
  • banana chips
Step #2
Invite your Lil’ to explore in the bin using kitchen utensils.
We used play hammers because it was what I could find, but potato mashers and ladles would also work.
Step #3
Show them various ways to play with the bin.

  • Using the utensils
  • Using your fingers

Teacher Tip

If you have a little Lil’ (1 year old) go ahead and include them in the sensory activities. My son LOVES playing with the sensory bins.

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