I’m growing to love sensory bins. They can be a great way to explore different concepts, and let kids play with a story more. I’m still trying to figure out different fillers to use with this, but it’s a fun project to think through. When I created the Fall of Man Sensory Bin, I thought about all the fun fillers you could use, before finally settling on Easter grass. All in all a fun way to expand on your Bible lesson.
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Making light of hard subjects
We make stories like this into crafts and toys, but if you think about this, it’s a terrible story. Adam and Eve make one decision that dooms them.
Then we make it into a game.
I recognize that’s what I’m doing, but I also recognize that’s how you help young kids engage with tough ideas.
So, we let them process the hard topics as they play with the characters in a story.
Fall of Man Sensory bin supplies
Easter grass (I bought some on clearance after Easter and saved it to reuse), peg dolls (I used the “man” and “woman” peg dolls and painted brown hair, but no faces), various green pom poms, pipe cleaners (in the pom pom set), green felt, animal print felt or leather, velcro dots, green construction paper, toilet paper roll, plastic snake
Putting together the sensory bin
There are some amount of prep for this sensory bin, unlike the Creation Sensory bin you can’t just pour in the supplies.
First cut a pipe cleaner in half, and then cut a bunch of green felt into vague leaf shapes. Cut slashes part of the way through the felt so you can string the felt leaves onto the pipe cleaner. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the peg doll and twist it around to hold it on.
Measure a strip of the animal print felt (or leather, since I couldn’t find the felt online), I cut mine to be slightly longer around the peg doll, and a little shorter than the peg doll.
Then stick a velcro dot on both ends of the cloth (I’ve got this more thoroughly explained in the Fall of Man Downloadable Unit including step by step pictures).
The final step is to make a tree of the knowledge of good and evil. I took a toilet paper roll and cut out a bunch of green blobs of construction paper, and then glued them at the top of the toilet paper roll to create a “tree.”
Then I put the Easter grass all over the bottom of the sensory bin, spread the green pom poms around the bin to represent the various trees and stuff. Put Adam and Eve in there, and the snake. I put the clothes in for kids to take on and off, and it’s quite popular.