Toddlers and preschoolers love to scoop and pour at the sensory table. Most of our sensory ideas include it for that very reason. But it’s also fun to add addition skill building. This spring color sorting activity involves inexpensive materials that can be purchased at the dollar store, along with your choice of filler.
I found pastel plastic eggs and matching pom poms that would encourage the children to color sort while enjoying the pouring experience. I added lentils for their smooth texture and wonderful tinkling sound as they are poured. This fine motor activity is so simple to put together and can be done at a sensory table or any plastic bin with sides.
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Spring Color Sorting Sensory Bin
What you will need:
- Sensory bin or storage tub
- Dry lentils (I got mine in the bulk section of the grocery store)
- Pom poms
- Plastic eggs
Setting up this activity:
Place everything into the bin. That simple!
Inviting the children to play:
While being introduced to this fine motor bin, we noticed that the pom poms matched the eggs. We wondered how many of the matching colored pom poms could fit into each egg? I loved how it turned out to be a fun color recognition activity in addition to strengthening fine motor skills!
Another plus was that the children loved opening and closing the eggs. These fit so nicely in their hands, too!
And, they also realized that when they poured the lentils into the eggs and snapped them shut, they became great shakers! Great exploration!
And, yes, a train made its way into the bin. Funny how that happens.
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