These past few weeks it’s either been pouring rain or unbearably hot outside. When the weather is like this it doesn’t take long before one of us gets too cranky to handle. Since it’s nice to bring a little of the outdoors in on days like these, I put together this construction vehicle sensory bin for Steven to play with.
This was incredibly easy and inexpensive to throw together. I’m a sucker for the Dollar Tree, so when I saw these CAT mini machines in their toy aisle I knew I had to snatch them up. A short walk over to the crafts/floral aisle and I found the bags of rocks. I reused the blue bin from when I made homemade cloud dough, but it was from the Dollar Tree too. So for around $5 we were ready to play!
At the risk of sounding a little crazy, I’ll admit that I rinsed off the rocks after buying them. I figured since this was going to be an indoor activity I didn’t need any extra dirt floating around the house. Do what you have to do.
Two bags of rocks covered the bottom of the bin. I knew Steven would be tempted to make a mess outside of the bin with any more rocks than this.
He’s been playing with the rocks and vehicles every day for the past couple of weeks. As much as he adores anything with wheels, I’m kind of surprised it’s held his attention for so long. He just loves moving the rocks around and around. Considering each of the CAT mini machines were only a dollar they’ve held up really, really well. Not a single piece has broken even though he plays rough. They had quite a few different types of vehicles so knowing how well they hold up I plan on picking up a few more next time I’m at the store.
I love finding creative ways to keep him busy and exploring, especially when they’re budget friendly like this construction vehicle sensory bin!