I recently did the storytime and craft project for our local library (You can find the project here: Tissue Paper Fish).
I cut pieces of tissue paper into smaller pieces for the craft project. I had a lot of leftover tissue paper and decided to make a sensory bin with the leftover.
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A sensory bin is a container filled with a filler (tissue paper in this project). The bin should be large enough to allow the child to explore and move the filler around. I often use long shallow plastic storage containers.
Sensory bins allow young child to learn about their world and their senses. With this tissue paper sensory bin, children are able to see the bright colors, feel the paper, and hear it as they move it around or crinkle it.
I often add some type of tool/item to move the filler around. For example, you could add a cup, scoop, shovel, or tongs. For this sensory bin, I added tongs.
Tongs are a great way of strengthening fine motor skills. For this bin, the child squeezes the tongs to pick up the tissue paper and add it to the cup.
I added one cup for each color of tissue paper. This gives the child an opportunity to practice matching and sorting skills.
My daughter really enjoyed playing with her tissue paper sensory bin. She said, “this is fun!” as she was playing and filling her cups.
You also might like this sensory bin: Baking Soda Dirt.