Yesterday I shared with you the directions to make a DIY Pirate Treasure Chest using an old wipes container and gold spray paint. Now I am going to share some ideas for filling your pirate-themed sensory and fine motor bin.
Jenae from I Can Teach My Child! found some jumbo-sized dive gems to add to hers. Unfortunately, I was not able to find these on Amazon, at the Dollar Store or Walmart (I am definitely going to keep searching!) I was able to find some fun jewelry sets and a pretend money set at the Dollar Store that were great additions for the bin. Due to the size of the pieces, this bin is geared towards older toddlers who no longer put things in their mouths. Jenae also spray painted jarred baby food lids the same gold as her wipes bin to use as coins. I love this idea so much since the lids are larger than play coins! Last week I purchased a set of fine motor tools on Amazon that my daycare children do not want to put down! I also had a toy pirate ship already in their toy stash that was a great addition to the bin.
For the bin itself, I have been repurposing an infant tub from the hospital after I delivered my son. I might be upgrading to something larger. Due to the amount of treasure I have in the bin, and the fact that our outdoor sandbox is a ship, I am considering transplanting all this loot into the sandbox if the weather cooperates this week. Less mess and more fun!
For more sensory ideas, check out my board on Pinterest!