I'm not one of those bloggers who spends their days coming up with unique/cheap/sensory games for their kids. My kids play video games. They play with legos. They play with my phone. Every once in a while though, I come up with something a little different. Today it was an inspirational bag of mixed beans from the grocery store!
I hate beans, so when I saw this bag of beans, it looked more like arts & crafts materials than food, but it can be a sensory toy too.
It's a pretty simple idea - dump some mixed beans onto a tray or bin (or onto a table if you're brave) and have your preschooler sort them by type, size, color, shape... it's up to him & you.
We sorted into an ice cube tray because I had one handy, but you cold sort into an egg carton, a muffin tin, little bowls, or even just piles. The idea is to work on concepts like big/small, same/different, colors, shapes. And it's fun for kids to play with them. They have a nice tactile feel, too.
With the stormy, snowy, icy, cruddy weather we've had, this was a fun and easy indoor activity for a bit.