Red, White, Blue Sensory Bin for the 4th of July

Tonight, I asked my 6 year old what she knew about that had red, white and blue. She pondered, she wondered, she couldn’t come up with anything.

So, I started sounding out the word…fl….a….g. Flag.

She still didn’t get it.

“What flag?” she asked.

Serious sign that we made need to work on that this week…lol!

fourth of july red, white and blue sensory bin
You know that old joke, “Do they have the 4th of July in (insert obscure country name)?”

I can assure you without a doubt, that, yes, we do have the 4th of July here in the Republic of Georgia.

Though, admittedly, it is filled with much less fanfare than in the United States…lol!

It is the one night that you can tell exactly where all the Americans
live though because we’re the ones setting fireworks off from our apartment balconies. (Totally normal, nightly occurrence here as I have yet to experience a night here when someone was not setting off fireworks for one occasion or another.)

So, no, we don’t have a 4th of July parade, no city-sponsored fireworks display, no big family grill-out.

But I do aim to make the holiday special for our family despite that fact that other people here could not care less about the 4th
of July. (May 26th, on the other hand, that’s kind of a big deal.*wink*)

We started this week off getting into celebration mode with a simple red, white and blue sensory bin.

I just happened to have all the components in our school room stash, but if you don’t have them, don’t stress. It’s super easy to prep and there were no “special” items. Just anything that you have in red, white and blue.

red white and blue sensory bin for kidsHere’s what I included:
Red and Blue dyed pasta (See the tutorial for dying pasta with vinegar here.)

White beans

Red, White and Blue pom poms

Silicone cupcake holders in red and blue

A blue rolling pin from our play dough stash

A set of red, white and blue dice

Red tongs

Big white buttons

Red, white and blue clothespins

Plus, one creative little 3 year old!

She saw me putting it together and we almost couldn’t keep her off of it long enough to take the pictures!

She and I sat on the floor in our kitchen for quite a while as she directed our play. (I was keeping her busy while the older girls cleaned their bedrooms…)

patriotic sensory bin

She thought it was really fun when I picked up the tongs and she placed the pasta onto the grip of the tongs. She hasn’t quite figured out how to use tongs and clothespins, but I keep putting them in our play items, so that she can get the idea.

Tonight we worked on squeezing open a clothespin together, so that she could feel the sensation.

I made a “cupcake” for her using one of the cupcake holders and a few pom poms and she decided to follow suit with one of her own. I didn’t realize how much she had paid attention to mine until a little while later as we were playing with some other parts and my cupcake fell apart. She picked up the exact pieces that she needed and put them on the same order that I had them. Whether it was coincidence or not, I have no idea, but it was fun to watch.

fourth of july sensory bin

She also wanted me to taste her buttons. I politely declined.

We also practiced rolling the dice. I demonstrated and then despite her reluctance (she thought only I should do it), she “shook” them by holding them tightly and shaking her arms up and down. Totally cute! Then she “rolled” them by dropping them straight down. It was a pretty awesome first try!

If you couldn’t tell, we had a lot of fun with this, so I’ll be remaking it again this week!

patriotic sensory bin red white and blue

Here are some other sensory activities that we have done:

 

Be sure to check them out!

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