Coffee Anyone – Delicious Sensory Bin for the Letter C

Honestly, I don’t know if I made this bin more for Noah or myself.  This is my second attempt at a sensory bin, and it was a smashing success (as my Middles are busy cruching coffee beans with my kitchen mallet).   I’ve noticed how popular the scented sensory bins are becomming, and what better scent than coffee beans?  All of the contents are based on the letter C.   If you haven’t caught on by now, the filler for this is coffee beans.  Fortunately I had some ancient coffee beans in my freezer that served as the base, and I just added in one pound of cheap beans for the fresh aroma.

Here are PECs to go with each of the objects; you can pick and choose which ones you want to use and add some of your own.  (Click for a printable version.)

Need some ideas for using the PECs with the bin?  The first thing you need to do is laminate and cut apart the cards.  Here are some ideas for the next step.

  1. Create a PEC board with the objects that you have in your bin.  Have your child take out one object at a time from the bin and place it on the matching card.
  2. Remove all objects from the bin other than the coffee beans.  Place the objects in a small box between yourself and your child.  Bury the PECs in the bin.  Have your child “find” one PEC at a time and exchange it for the matching object.
  3. Bury objects in bin.  Turn over all the PECS and lay them in front of your child.  Have your child turn over one PEC at a time and then find and remove the matching object in the bin.

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