My kids love sensory bins and all kinds of sensory play experiences. So with the approach of the 4th of July holiday, I knew I wanted to create a 4th of July sensory bin for my kids to enjoy. Of course I wanted it to be patriotic. I also wanted it to be fairly simple to prepare. Ultimately I came up with a patriotic sensory bin that was a bit hit with my kids!
Note: For more 4th of July activities and printables, see my 4th of July activities page.
The clear water beads are difficult to see because they take on the color of whatever is around them.
After helping me lay a large sheet on the floor (to help with clean up), the kids dove right in to the bin using the materials I set out for them. I explained that this was our 4th of July sensory bin, which is why the water beads were red,
white clear, and blue. We also talked about how these were the same colors as the colors on the American flag.
Their favorite material was this three compartment plastic tray I recently added to our collection.
They cooperated so well to fill it with “food” for me to “eat.”
Once the tray was full, some beads began to spill on to the floor.
And then more spilled.
Before the water beads had spilled the kids had been using the scoops and spoons and such to pick them up, but once the beads were on the floor QBoy and XGirl began to use their hands to enjoy the wonderful sensory experience.
And then they went back to making more “food.”
I stepped out for a minute to take care of something, and when I came back, QBoy had put a lot of our sensory bin supplies in the bin, and he was busy using a pair of tongs to try to pick the water beads up.
Much to my surprise, he actually managed to snag a water bead in them!
And that is how we had fun with our 4th of July sensory bin.
More 4th of July resources
More 4th of July posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Books about the American flag
- 4th of July Montessori activities
- Fireworks in a jar
- Sticky paper American flag craft
- 4th of July Printables Pack
- 4th of July do-a-dot printables
- 4th of July Bingo
- 4th of July Sudoku
- American flag printables