I mentioned in a previous post, that when we were at the ocean last weekend, we spent a lot of time searching for sea glass. We also gathered some shells and pretty stones as well, and brought them all home with us for Simon to continue to interact with. They are a prized collection for him, and when he was having one of those toddler-in-need-of-distraction moments the other day, I put his treasures into a simple sensory bin for him. I added a couple of inches of water to the clear bin, and set it out for him on a towel in the kitchen.
He absolutely loved this idea, and has played with this every day this week since. This activity has also evolved in many ways, for example, he brought over his dump truck and repeatedly filled it with shells, and then dumped them out again onto the towel. He also added his entire acorn collection to combine in different ways with the shells, and even had little people playing on the rocks. His favorite thing to do is take an item out, and then drop it back in to make a little splash.
My favorite thing about this is that he is continuing his connection to nature, even indoors, by playing with natural objects as his toys.