Sensory bins are really fun for kids.  It lets them explore different textures and provides stimulating play time.  You just need a clear plastic bin and rice or beans or noodles or whatever else seems fun to dig through.  Then, just add some small toys and let your kids dig in!

I have tried these several times with Blake at different ages and we get the same results……a huge mess.  Trying to sweep up 3 lbs of rice is not fun for me.  It does keep him busy for almost 30 minutes but cleaning up the mess takes a lot longer so I decided we were done with this activity.  Here are some pics from our last attempt.  I used split peas that i found for .49 cents a bag.

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