I have a Healthy Habits theme coming up in my preschool classroom for the next couple of weeks. The other teacher of four year olds and I wanted to swap sensory bins after a week so I wanted to come up with something fun that was not terribly messy since the other bin involves messy fun with pretend teeth and brushing.
I searched a bit around and discovered a photo of a spaghetti themed sensory bin. I also looked into using real spaghetti but that seemed a bit too messy for this time around and would probably involve making new spaghetti each day, which I did not really want to sign up myself as well as my fellow teacher to do.
I checked out our pom poms supplies and discovered a lack of large brown ones for meatballs and not much in the way of small ones for cheese so I headed off to the craft store. Unfortunately there were no brown pom poms to be found there and only mixed sets that might have yellow so I needed another solution.
In comes the pom pom maker I saw in the crochet and knitting aisle. I picked this Clover brand one up and found it very easy to use. (You can use my affiliate link to see more details about it from Amazon.) In the past I have made those cardboard rings to make pom poms and felt like I did not make ones that were uniform or well tied. So far, so good with these ones. I will do an update after a week of use by preschoolers to let you know how they fare.
Next up is cutting off white yarn into foot long sections to look like spaghetti. My yarn actually came from the mill ends section of the local craft store, unlike the white yarn pictured above, since I already had it on hand from another project. My inspiration used real pasta, but not spaghetti. Since we have had real pasta as well as real spaghetti in the sensory bin before this year, I wanted to try something new.
I also created some quick meatballs with alphabet letters and numbers on them for some review activities. My plan is for the students to pull out a letter with a tool and then make that letter with one of the yarn spaghetti noodles on the plate. With the numbers I was thinking the students could make a plate with that many yarn meatballs or that many spaghetti pieces. I found a similar idea for kindergarten students with words on Mrs. Bremer’s Class blog.
I am looking forward to seeing what my preschoolers think of this spaghetti sensory bin tomorrow. What is in your sensory bin this week?