I love using plain oats as a sensory bin filler for my 13 month old twins. It is super fun to play with and oats are taste safe. At 13 months my twins are still in sensory bin training school so tasting and even eating still happens.
Here’s a fun and easy sensory bin that is safe for babies and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
Here’s how to get started!
Grab your large sensory bin and fill it with oats. Add the plastic Easter eggs and fine motor scooping tools, measuring spoons, funnels, stacking cups or whatever you like!
This was a big hit with my twins and they played with it for a few days!! While it was not being played with I covered the oats in a air tight container and left it on an out of the way table. I would then bring it out when I need a minute or two to get a few things done.
I do not recommend doing this activity on carpeted floors especially if you are doing it with babies. To help keep the mess contained and to make clean up easy, I usually spread out a large picnic blanket.
But the good thing about oats is that they are fairly easy to cleaned up with a vacuum cleaner (if you are bold and dare to do this sensory bin on carpet) or with a broom on hardwood or tile.
Sensory Bin Training School
So I feel sometimes that my twins use sensory bins like such as this one as a giant eating activity and you might feel the same way. If that is the case, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Taste is a sense and this is a sensory activity and at 13 months my twins are still using their mouths to make sense of the world. So although eating is not the object or intent with this type of sensory activity and I actively discourage it, they are still learning and enjoying themselves when they do.
I usually do this type of activity after lunch so they are generally full and I find that after they taste the oats for a little bit they quickly grow bored of eating them and start playing more.
Sensory play just like any other type of play must be taught. Additionally, sensory play like any other type of play is developmental dependent. They are not developmentally ready to control their impulses and they are not quite ready to understand cause and effect.
If your baby is eating or even throwing the oats and you wish for them to stop, remove the sensory bin entirely and revisit the activity when they are a bit older.
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- 41 Qt, Clear Sensory Bin (Large)
- Plastic Easter Eggs
- Cups, scoopers and spoons