My wife and I both work from home and spend a lot of time in our home office. Because of this, we produce a decent amount of paper that not only needs to be recycled but also shredded. One typical afternoon I picked our son up from school and brought him into the office to see his mama. I walked out and came back to find that our son had discovered the bag of shredded paper and had begun to make it ‘snow’ in the office. It was a hilarious sight to behold. My wife sitting there with a huge smile on her face while our son threw shredded paper anywhere he could think; himself, my wife, the dog. Absolutely everything took a hit. The only downfall was the clean-up, but it did give me the idea for an easy sensory bin.
*This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you.
Here’s what we used:
- Plastic Bin – Wal-Mart
- Hand Digger – You can find something very similar here.
- Plastic Shovel & Rake
- Tweezers – You can find them here.
- Lots of shredded paper
We chose a rainy Florida afternoon to officially try out the shredded paper sensory bin. After piling the paper and tools into the bin we placed them on the floor of our son’s room. It didn’t take long before the fun began.
Our munchkin started slowly using the tools to dig around in the paper. That quickly turned into an excited toddler tornado.
He started by putting the tools down and throwing shredded paper into the air.
He ran over to my wife and threw shredded paper on her while we tried to slow him down with calls of, “keep the shreddings in one place,” to no avail.
He threw paper on me, his toys, and himself. Anything that he thought needed a little extra something got a couple of handfuls of shredded paper.
He closed out the craziness by dumping the rest of it on his own head. It was certainly a sight to see.
He had such an absolute blast making the biggest mess he could muster.
The whole ordeal only encompassed 15-30 minutes, but boy was it worth it to see him have such a great time!
The clean up fell to me as my wife and son quickly cleared out of the disaster area to get ready for dinner. A quick run through with the broom and vacuum made quick work of the paper. A clean up I will gladly endure every single time!
Have you tried something like this with your kids? What was the outcome? Please share in the comments below.