Oh how I love simple learning activities in my preschool classroom! I can set them up with little or no fuss, but they’re still fun and meaningful for the kiddos. Here’s a recent spring-scented sensory bin my preschoolers enjoyed!
sensory bin brings spring scents into play
Back in September, the students had a blast with an incredibly easy apple sensory table. We’ve done a variety of water-based play since then, but we hadn’t used scented water in a while. So I updated that bin a bit by adding some spring flair. Based on the kids’ reaction, you would have thought I’d reinvented the wheel! 🙂
I filled our sensory table with warm water, then added a dash of scented shampoo. I set scoops and funnels out near the sensory bin and let the children get into it!
How the Kids Played
A few children immediately exclaimed, “oooooh, bubbles!” and delved right into the scented water. For a while, they just used their hands to play in the water and the bubbles. One child, in particular, seemed very soothed by the temperature of the water and the lavender scent.
Then came tons of scooping, pouring, and funneling with the water table tools. Some children tried to measure how many bubbles were in each bin. I don’t think a conclusion was ever reached, though. They giggled, lost count, and started over many different times! It’s the thought that counts, right?
For the first day, the children were content with that. Then they remembered all of those little animals I have! We had sharks, trains, dogs, and snakes all decide to join in the water fun at that point! The boys and girls created some fun stories at this point. There were trains that needed to be washed because they’d been stuck in mud. Sharks and snakes were playing hide and seek in the bubbles. Dogs were barking to protest being washed. Needless to say, a lot of fun was had!
I emptied the water each day and rinsed off the toys, adding fresh water and shampoo the next morning. We did this every day for a week, with requests for more soon!
What’s your kids’/students’ favorite spring sensory bin activity? Have you tried scented water with them before?