Usually I can't stand the feel of the sensory materials we use. Shaving cream, pumpkin guts, even mud...eww! But I finally hit on one we both enjoyed...birdseed!
We'll call this a sensory bin for lack of a better word. But we didn't use a bin so much as...a sled! I thought it would be more fun to bring out her neglected sled. Let's face it - the poor sled doesn't get much use in the summer or fall!
do it in her sled!
I set everything out (muffin tin, empty Play-Doh container, measuring spoon, and a cardboard tube - yes, we do use those things for everything!), and let her pour in the birdseed.
The beauty of this particular material for a sensory bin is - when done outside - you don't have to worry about any spills, because the neighborhood birds will happily tidy up for you later.
She spent most of her time filling up the muffin tin and dumping it out, only to start again. (I just love how things like that are so entertaining at this age!)
She loved the feel of the seeds through her fingers and, truth be told, so did I!
I left it out all day and she kept going back over to play with it. At night I poured the leftovers into a container for another day. No clean up, other than bringing the supplies back in the house. Maybe that's why I liked this one so much!