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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Five Little Pumpkins Sensory Bin

We traded in our apple books for pumpkin books at the library this week so I switched out our Apple Sensory Bin for Five Little Pumpkins. My daughter could not wait to get her hands on it.
We kept our black bean base to still act as dirt so that made it especially easy to set up.
To keep with the Five Little Pumpkins theme, I placed five little pumpkin containers (purchased at Wal-Mart last year) on a gate or fence. For the fence I used some of our wooden blocks.

I made a pumpkin patch in the remaining section of the bin using orange poms and green sparkly pipe cleaners.

Fold the ends of the pipe cleaners down so the sharp ends aren't exposed and curl them around your finger. I placed them around the bin as vines and put the poms around them. I chose to use 25 orange poms because as part of our play this week, I am going to challenge her to put 5 poms in every pumpkin bin to practice counting objects to 5. Add some tongs and a scoop and your little one is all ready to dig in.
Your little one  can practice moving the pumpkin poms into the bigger pumpkin containers.

They can use the scoop to practice filling the pumpkins with the black beans.

They can build a tall tower with their blocks to see how high they can get a pumpkin.

And smile and laugh when it all comes tumbling down.

Or you can work on patterns with the pumpkin poms and vines. I am planning on making a printable to go along with the pattern practice within the next couple days. As soon as I get it done, I'll be sure to share.

**Go HERE for the Pumpkin Pattern Printable**

The book we are using with this sensory bin is Five Little Pumpkins by Iris Van Rynbach. It's a pretty popular Halloween story that is the well-known Five Little Pumpkins rhyming finger play in story version.

Thanks for coming by to check out our pumpkin sensory bin!!


Jenny said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this!! I just did your apple orchid sensory bin. My son LOVES it (he is 3). He has played with it every single day for the last 3 days! I decided to do a new sensory bin each week. I wanted something to use next week and came across this! Love it and I have most all of the beans and tongs, and poms from the last bin! Thanks for the great ideas! I am sure my little man will love this one to!!! :)

Rachel@I Heart Crafty Things said... Best Blogger Tips

@JennyThanks Jenny! I'm so happy to hear you made the Apple Bin and that your son loved it! I made a pumpkin pattern worksheet to go along with the Pumpkin Sensory Bin so make sure to check it out if you decide to make the bin. Thanks so much for coming by! :)

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