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Poor Dooter has had croup the last few days, and unlike his sister, he is a cranky, non-sleeping kid when he is sick, so neither Mr. Man or I are getting much sleep either.  We are all a little exhausted!  My sensory bins have been such a help in distracting Dooter from his woes and also for keeping Yummy busy while I don't have the energy for entertainment.  
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Today they are busy playing with the Oatmeal Sensory Bin, alongside a Zoo Bin.  It sort of looks like they are cooking Giraffe Porridge right now...  
I made a Zoo Sensory bin last winter and it wasn't a big hit at the time.  For some reason, I still kept it under our spare room bed, at the very back.  It's a good thing I did, because it has suddenly become the bin of choice around here -Yummy talks about it at bedtime, discussing what she will do with it in the morning.  Dooter enjoys it too, and though I am close by making sure he doesn't eat any of the rocks, he is actually showing impressive restrain with mouthing the items from this bin.  Maybe we will soon be over that phase (pretty please!).  
I pinned a post from Make Do and Friend almost a year ago, but when I went back today to link to it, the blog seems to have unfortunately disappeared.  This post is what gave me the idea to wrap a few low boxes in brown freezer paper for cages, as well as lining the bin itself in brown paper.  She used farm animals, which is also a fun idea.    
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Here's what went into the Zoo Bin:
  • low cardboard boxes, lined with brown freezer paper
  • some rocks in various sizes
  • lentils
  • crinkly brown paper strips from a gift box
  • a couple egg carton sections for food troughs
  • several little wooden items (a blank die, some beads, a thread spool) for pretend food 
  • various zoo animals I found at Dollarama
  • a few farm characters from our farm Duplo set
  • a couple plastic gates from our Duplo box

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