After half a Sunday spent out of the house, I'd planned to keep the quads home on Monday. Though I've eyed a couple sensory bin ideas on Pinterest, I didn't feel like going through all that effort just so the quads could throw rainbow spaghetti or uncooked beans all over the floor. But the DIY sensory ziploc bag we did was a success, so I decided on something easy. Easy is always good.
I conducted my own scavenger hunt around the house and came up with a piece of burlap, a large Christmas bow, an LED votive candle, plastic whistle and mini car toy for each bin. Turned out, it worked! They took all the items out, then put them back, then took them out again, messed with each one (the burlap was of great interest) and switched objects with each other. Lots of stuff got thrown on the floor, which is typical for us at this stage, so I'd just gather things up and put them back in the boxes occasionally. But I was able to do some dishes in the kitchen and vacuum their adjoining play room while they were occupied!
I got a solid 30 minutes of entertainment out of a five-minute assembly so that's an even return in my book. (And as with all small objects and child play, I was sure to use common sense and supervise the discovery box session!)
Other items I intend to try include spiky rubber balls, wooden clothes pins, wrapping paper (ripping that is fun!) and velcro. The dollar bins at Target are also a great option—that's where I got the LED votive candles, two for a buck! You could always do a color-themed or object-themed box, too. What discovery activities have you enjoyed with your tots?