I have seen some really cool (Cool! Ha! Ha!) winter sensory bins on a couple of different blogs. Pink & Green Mama and No Time For Flashcards have great ideas. However, I had been putting off setting one up because I didn’t have the “right” items.
I decided yesterday that I wanted to figure out what I could do with things in the house. I started with a shallow plastic tote box and filled it with a bag of cotton balls ($1-$2) to serve as snowballs.
Then I added an ice cream scoop and an empty icing container so that my sons could pretend they were making ice cream for each other.
Lastly, I added a pair of tongs and an empty toilet paper tube which my son used to transfer snowballs from the box to the small container. The tongs work well to strengthen little hands which helps with fine motor control.
All of the items I used for this winter sensory box were found in my house. If you have some packing peanuts lying around those would work in place of the cotton balls and would be free. There really isn’t a right or wrong to this idea. Whatever you decide to use in a sensory box will undoubtedly provide your child with some frugal fun.