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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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First, it is important to test with the feet.
Opening and closing: always a blast.
Exploring the different balls and using the ice cream scooper to scoop balls.
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Tasting, of course.
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Putting a large number of simple objects together, like balls, which are all the same, but also very different gives children a simple and wonderful chance to explore repetition, variety, and texture, all principles of design in visual art.  

And it's so freaking easy to put together to entertain my little boy who is such a fan of rolling objects.  Enjoy!



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