INSIDE: Here is a fun and easy way to practice counting this winter! Count the marshmallows into the cups of hot chocolate. This makes a great math activity for preschoolers (and toddlers!) as well as a getting a lot of the benefits of sensory play!
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Hot Chocolate Sensory Bin
Grab your gallon sized ziplock bag and an alcohol wipe. Use the alcohol wipe to remove the label on the ziplock bag. Take your sharpies, I used blue for the cup, brown for the chocolate and black for the heat waves. Draw 6 cups on the bag. Flip the back over and write the numbers 1-6 respectively, in each cup. Or you can do what I did and start at number 4 and go to 9.
Next, count out the number of small white Pom Poms that you would need to fill each cup. Place them into the ziplock bag.
Next, add some hair gel. You can also add water or baby oil. I have used all three but really like the feeling of hair gel. I purchase my hair gel from the dollar store to help keep the cost down. You just enough to be able to easily move the Pom Poms around in the bag. You can also add a small amount of water to mix with the hair gel. I do this sometimes if I am running out of hair gel.
Finally, remove all the air from the bag and seal well. Make sure it is closed securely and then tape the opening with some clear packing tape. Then use painter’s tape to secure the bag to a table.
How they Played with the Hot Chocolate Sensory Bag
This was a fun little counting activity for my preschoolers. As soon as they saw it they wanted to try it out.
After they tried it a few times with the numbers I decided to remove the numbers write simple math problems on the back. I used an alcohol wipe to remove the numbers carefully. It doesn’t come over perfect but it was good enough!
Age Suitability for Hot Chocolate Sensory Bin
This activity is great for kids 3 years and up. My kids are 3.5, 3.5, and 7.5 year old.
Supplies for Hot Chocolate Sensory Bin
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- 1 gallon sized ziplock
- Hair gel
- White pom poms
- Black, brown and blue sharpies
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