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A little while ago I posted about my daughter's Quiet Bins, the themed bins I make for Yummy to enjoy in her own room during Dooter's nap time, so I can have a little time to myself every afternoon. As predicted, the last few were getting a bit too familiar, so I added a new one into the mix: The Farm Bin.  

 
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Mr. Man's Birthday was on Friday; since Harvest was still in the works (we just finished last night -hurrah!), we didn't have much of a celebration.  Yummy's gift was his favourite part of the day, because she was so excited to give it to him.  I asked her to wait until he'd gotten a cup of coffee and sat down so he wouldn't be overwhelmed right away in the morning, and she was visibly vibrating from the anticipation as she waited patiently for him to do that.  

 
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Celebrating each season's Solstice is a perfect way to provide rhythm and tradition for young children throughout the year.  For each of the changing seasons, the children and I head outside to collect natural treasures to create a seasonal centrepiece for our table.  

 
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What do you do with an inherited roasting pan?  Why, you make it into a sensory bin, of course!

Fill it full of balls and enjoy five minutes of hands-free time because your son is distracted and doesn't need to be held.  Dooter is especially tired lately and is sleeping more than usual; he must be growing or fighting something off.  Whatever the case, he is no treat while he's awake, crying and needing to be held more often than not.  I had this enormous roasting pan (passed down from my grandparents) in the kitchen for an art project with Yummy (coming soon!).  After I cleaned it out, I remembered how fond of lids Dooter is and how he might find 3 minutes of joy from playing with it.  I gathered all the balls I could find from the toy baskets, plopped them in and set Dooter in front of it.

 
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I have been wanting to do a colour wheel activity with Yummy for many moons, to get her thinking about colour vocabulary and how the different colours work together.