take a bin
add some large black pom poms
add some small gold fuzzy pom poms
the black and gold is for my brother and sister-in-law who are the biggest iowa hawkeye fans ever.
add some purple and green rubber porcupine balls
sorry i ruined the hawkeye concept.
add some large silver dish scrubbers
add some smaller rainbow dish scrubbers
add some foam circles
pop em into a bucket
add some googly eyes
pop em into a bucket too
now we have a bin full of circles and spheres of all different textures, sizes and colors.
let's get crazy and add some pipe cleaners and straws
toss em into the bin
lastly add in some silly monster poppers
don't they look lonely in that big old bin?
let's create some friends for them!
oh, they're so much happier now!
it's a build-a-monster sensory bin.
build-a-monster play ideas:
use senses of sight, touch and hearing to see, feel and listen to differences in each object within the bin. discuss those differences.
use proprioceptive sense to push down the monster poppers.
make predictions as to how far they'll pop into the air.
use proprioceptive sense to try jumping as high/far as the popper did.
after designing your monsters discuss one thing you like about your own monster and one thing you like about another person's monster.
make up a story about your monsters.
use straws to blow over the poppers or to blow apart the monsters you build.
i hope you have lots of fun imagining more ways to play with your new monster friends!