If you are looking for a really simple and easy sensory play idea, this is a really fun and easy one!
Cranberries are a wonderful tool for learning with.
You can count them for a fun math activity.
Use them for a simple fine motor activity of creating something fun out of cranberries and toothpicks.
You can also use them to create the letters of the alphabet.
Another fun way to use cranberries is within a sensory bin.
An easy and simple setup is to create a bin filled with water and a few cranberries within it.
My girls absolutely love water based sensory bins.
I’ll be sharing exactly how I put this simple cranberry scoop sensory bin together and how you can go about it too!
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And, any other fun manipulatives you think would work out really well.
We took this simple cranberries in water setup outdoors so my girls brought a lot of fallen nature treasures into the bin (leaves, twigs, sticks..)
It was a fun filled sensory bin and a perfect Fall/Winter themed activity for kids.
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Cranberry Science Experiments
For another simple and easy cranberries water experiment you can try learning about if cranberries sink or float.
Bring in a couple of items from nature that you feel are okay to add into the sensory bin:
And, see if these items sink or float.
This is a wonderful way to bring in science into a fun sensory play setup.
How to put a simple and easy sensory bin together
Here are the steps I took to put this simple sensory bin together:
Bring forth your sensory bin. We used a sensory bin setup we love, the base and the stand.)
Then, add your cranberries and any other manipulatives you approve of.
Bring in the tools (pour and scoop tools)
Then, stir and have fun with this simple pretend play setup.
Some ideas my girls made with this simple sensory play setup:
Pretend play cranberry soup (just stirred, scooped and poured right back in to the sensory bin.)
Counting while playing (learning through play)
Talking about the cranberry colors.
Exploring with natures fallen treasures and bringing them into the sensory bin.
These are some of the many fun ways my girls enjoyed playing and learning with this simple sensory bin.
What other fun ways can you think of incorporating with this simple sensory play setup?
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I hope you enjoyed this simple cranberry sensory setup and if you have ever tried it out or plan on trying it out, let me know how it went or how it goes.