This sensory bin was a blast to make! Seriously, I think I just love the color combination of red, white, and blue because this was so fun. I started with a base of dried kidney beans, dried white beans, blue glass gems, and some shredded paper. I mixed the red beans with the red shredded paper, the white beans with the white shredded paper, etc.
Next, I arranged the beans, gems, and paper in the sensory bin until they resembled a flag. Cute, right? Next, I added some red, white, and blue beaded necklaces and some small American flags. I also put in a small liquid measuring cup, a small plastic container, and a star ice cube tray as an invitation to play in the sensory bin. Next, I just sat the bin out and watched my kids enjoy.
They loved the way the flag looked at first, but had no problem messing it all up right away. They really enjoyed mixing all of the colors together and they loved all the different textures in the bin. I guessed that the liquid measuring cup would be the coveted object from the bin and I was right, but the small American flags got played with a lot too.
Smiley Man loved this 4th of July sensory bin as it was. Little Bear really liked it too, but I wanted to give him a way to enjoy it more thoroughly. So, I printed off my dot marker flag outline that I used in my 4th of July crafts and 4th of July games posts. I told him to take things from the bin to put on the circles to complete the flag. I told him he could take out the beans, the gems, and the paper.
He definitely enjoyed the sensory bin a lot more with this simple matching game added to it. He concentrated really hard on making sure each bean stayed right in the circles and he loved placing the blue gems onto the circles. Overall, I think this patriotic sensory bin was my most successful sensory bin yet. My kids have been asking me every hour how many days it is until the 4th of July. ;)