With spring around the corner we are getting excited about growing vegetables in our garden. Whilst we wait in anticipation I created this Carrot Sensory Bin, which is one of many great sensory activities for kids we’ve created as it helped my son explore and develop his fine motor skills.
I wanted our Carrot Sensory Bin to be completely edible. Instead of mud we used California Seedless Raisins. For a vegetable patch path we added Caramac Giant Buttons and for the carrots we used Gummi Carrots.
First I wanted my son to explore the Carrot Sensory Bin using various fine motor tools. I gave him a selection of the Gator Grabber from our Helping Hands Fine Motor Set, the CleverstiX which are training chopsticks, and Jumbo Tweezers. My son was able to pick up the jelly carrot sweets with each of the different styled fine motor tools.
Inside the sensory bin I added our latest fine motor tool – a Chinatera Lunch Food Pick Party Bento Set. The birds slot out of the tree and can skewer items. They were perfect for picking up the jelly carrots.
After my son had practised removing the carrots with the full range of fine motor tools, we played a game with Daddy. The pair had to see who could remove the carrots the quickest using one style of fine motor tool. For the first game Adam chose the birds whereas Daddy chose the Gator Grabber. I have never seen my son move so quickly and pick up the carrots using the bird fork in order to beat Daddy.
The pair played several games whilst trying out the different fine motor tools. My son certainly preferred the birds whereas Daddy preferred the CleverstiX. Throughout play someone would pick up a raisin or a giant button and have a nibble! Our Carrot Sensory Bin proved to be one of many fantastic sensory activities for kids we’ve created – not only was it a fabulous fine motor activity, but also doubled as a great snack!
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