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My little one is starting to be really into sensory activities lately. We are a family that really enjoys DIY and saving a few dollars so we recreated a few ideas we saw in other places. I have linked all of the items we purchased online to make it easier for you to make your own!
I started this particular bin with 5 different noodle shapes. We bought our bin and noodles from Walmart. You can buy any noodles you want! I squeezed some gel food coloring into a gallon ziploc bag with about 2 tbsp of vinegar, tossed a box of raw noodles in and let my kiddos at it to shake them up. We laid each color out to dry in the sun for a few hours.
Here they are sunbathing:
Once they were completely dry, we made sure that none were stuck together and put them in our bin. Since we made 2, we used 1/2 a box of each noodle per bin.
I made each color it’s own little section in one bin but my kids mixed them together for theirs. Fun both ways!
I liked the idea of a fairy garden so I found this 2 pack of sweet little fences. It has metal wiring attaching the fence posts so it is easily maneuvered in any shape you want. I found a super cute fairy and dragon set that is an amazing price to add in with it. There are enough fairies, unicorns and dragons for 3 bins honestly. We made 2 bins total to gift one to my nieces. I’ll share our total cost at the bottom.
Here is my nieces final bin:
Our material list and cost for 2 bins:
- 5 boxes of noodles: $4
- 2 bins: $10 (you can definitely find these cheaper – check the dollar store)
- 2 pack of fences: $10
- Fairies, unicorns & dragons: $15
Total cost of each bin: $19.50
I think that’s a great deal. I’ll share some other bin ideas soon!
Making it up as we go,