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Creating a sensory bin doesn’t have to be expensive and overwhelming. Check around your home for objects that can be re-purposed for sensory activities. For example. the play kitchen is the perfect place to search for some great sensory bin tools and items. I think cozy season is the perfect time for me to share a taste-safe hot cocoa sensory bin!

For my main base I decided to use a mix of General Mills Cocoa puffs and sprinkled in some marshmallows. For this bin, I wanted to make a base that was non-toxic and safe for kids to put in their mouth. Next, I found some play mugs and spoons from my son’s play kitchen. It’s important to include some sort of fine motor tool, like a scooper or spoon. I found a great hot cocoa play set on Amazon! Please always supervise sensory play and be on alert for choking hazards.

I created a counting marshmallow mat to go with my sensory bin. Encourage your child to scoop out some marshmallows and place them on the mat. Guide them with the hands-on counting. You can grab the free printable here.

Sensory bins are a great way to encourage kids to explore. They love to learn through hands-on play. These bins are also a great way to provide an independent and quiet activity. Take a look at my other blog posts to see how I change the sensory bins every season.

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