Simple Space Sensory Bin

Space Sensory bin

Last year our little guy got a sand and water table for his 2nd birthday.  Since his birthday is in early spring and it was way too early to take it outside I decided to improvise so he could use it right away.  I bought several large bags of dried beans and dumped those in the table along with a few of his favorite small tractors, a few boats, some sand shovels, funnels and cups.  Although I didn’t realize it at the time, I put together his first Sensory table. We just called it The Bean Table. The little ones had tons of fun with it and eventually when the weather warmed up we moved it outside and it became a sand (mud) and water table.

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I hadn’t thought much about putting together another sensory table until I can across the Play Create Explore website.  After spending some time researching and learning about the purpose and benefits of sensory bins, I decided that I definitely wanted to use them more with our little learners.

We are using My Fathers World for Rose and Little Man this year and the first 2 units are Sun and Moon. I decided to create a simple Space themed Sensory bin primarily for Little Man to play with while Rose and I did seat work.  As it turns out they both ended up playing with it for quite awhile today.  I just used rice, plastic toy planets and some multi-colored bouncy balls.  The kids used their scoops and cups to bury  planets, sort balls by color and size and practice counting. It was like Planet Search and Rescue to see who could find the most planets first. Of course the inevitable happened and rice ended up spilling over the sides, but they were playing on the train table so no big deal. I’ve been spending lots of time on Pinterest finding ideas for other sensory bins to go with this years units.  I am thinking the first item of business will be to find some bigger bins.

Sensory Box  Space

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Homemade Magic Shell Recipe

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If I had to choose only one dessert to eat for the rest of my life there is no doubt what it would be….ice cream…homemade ice cream to be specific.  Growing up we made homemade ice cream every now and then but when I married my husband I quickly learned how very much his family Loves  their homemade ice cream!  Homemade ice cream is by far the dessert of choice in his family, especially now that we have all discovered this counter top ice cream maker.  You will find at least one frozen bowl in the freezer of each of  his family members.  Tonight I discovered that not only can you make homemade ice cream without all the chemicals and junk but you can make homemade chocolate magic shell without all the chemical and junk….and it’s super easy!   (Can you hear the angels singing?)

I found this recipe over at The Coconut Mama.  As soon as I saw the title of this blog I knew I was in the right place.. you know this girls loves her coconut oil!  So here it is easy, peasy!

Homemade Magic Shell

1/2 cup coconut oil ( I prefer Tropical Traditions)

1/2 cup  cocoa powder (I get mine here)

1/4 cup raw honey (or maple syrup)

1 T. vanilla

1 pinch sea salt ( I used REAL Salt)

Mix coconut oil, honey and cocoa powder over low heat until melted. (It looks a little grainy in the picture below but it is not at all.)

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Add vanilla and salt and stir.

Serve over ice cream or your desert of choice.

Left overs can be refrigerated and then rewarmed to serve.

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This stuff is Amazing Good!  I am already thinking it may show up along side my homemade caramel sauce in a few ice cream sundae gift baskets.

Goats, goats everywhere

School is finally over here and I have been busy tending the children, the garden and the baby goats. 4H projects are underway, including one which involves teaching our oldest to sew. There’s plenty to do outside if it ever quits raining. I’m pretty sure it’s rained everyday for at least the past 2 weeks.

These little cuties were unfortunately orphaned when they were 2 days old. If you’ve ever had bottle fed goats you know they tend to get confused about their species and where they belong. (In the barn with the other goats not on the back porch)

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We have one kid who is a champion high jumper. We have had some trouble keeping her penned in. The other day she decided to play king of the mountain on top of the goat barn that’s about 9 feet high.

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This week our first Nubian doe delivered 2 beautiful doelings. She is doing a great job as a first time momma.

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This weekend we were lucky enough to have a friend come and do chores and feed baby goats for us so we could go camping with family. We are having a wonderful time relaxing, exploring Beavercreek State Park, visiting with family, enjoying good food and conversation.

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