I love using the bean bin in My Obstacle Courses because I can work on my son’s sensory issues while combining it with things that he finds interesting. He loves letters and words so for us it makes complete sense to combine the two!
Most everyone has a Scrabble game in their house, a game that is new to me, Bananagram (which has Scrabble-like letters), or those colorful magnet letters for the refrigerator. I realized that using items like these would be a fun, literacy based add-in to the sensory bin and could be used in many different ways. Here are a few:
1. If your child is working on letter identification, place some letters in there and when they are found, identify them together. One extension of this could be sorting the letters by vowel and consonant.
Making Words- Child’s Name or Picture Card Word
2. Put only the letters in the bin that are needed to make a certain word (ex. their name or a word on a picture flash card). Have your child find the letters and “make the same” word as on the card.
3. Put only the letters in the bin that are needed to make a certain word based on your theme or something they are studying in school. Write out a clue for your child to see if they can identify the word and spell it using the letters found. You could provide a Hangman-type sheet of paper with the exact number of letters so they have a place to work with and play around with the letters until the word is figured out. Additional clues can be given if it turns out to be too challenging- remember, this is supposed to be fun time with you!!