Junk Yard Sensory Bin & Counting Game


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We love this book Junk Yard by Mike Austin! It’s a fun book to read and lends itself well to talking about affiliate-links-2trash, recycling and going green! In the book these two Munching Machines eat up all the garbage in the junk yard and turn it into a fun park where kids can come and play! Ever since we first read it I thought it would make a great sensory bin so this past week after reading the book we spontaneously made some Munching Machines, put together this Junk Yard sensory bin and used it to play a fun counting game!

Munching Machines

To make our Munching Machines we painted glue on two clean milk jugs and decoupaged tissue paper on the outside of the milk gallons. Tip: Filled the milk jugs with a bit of water to weigh them down. This helps with the painting and gluing.

After the glue had dried, I emptied the milk jugs of the water and carefully cut the opening for their mouths. Then Caden added the googly eyes using glue dots! I had envisioned creating much more elaborate Munching Machines, but we ended up keeping them simple. Kids have great imaginations anyway!

junkyard 1

To create this sensory bin, you don’t need anything special. I pretty much dug through our junk drawers for anything appropriate, and added some crumpled up receipts from the bottom of my purse! 😉 Then I went looking for more specific elements that are in the book such as fences and wheels. These I got from a cheap plastic ‘Cowboys and Indians’ set we have hanging around from the Dollar Tree.

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There are many ways you can play with this set up, Caden enjoyed simply playing with the junk yard and munching machines on their own. Then I though we could make it into a counting game by adding a large die, or even a deck of cards. Another idea to play and work fine motor skills would be to use tongs to pick up the junk and put into the munching machines mouth!

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6 thoughts on “Junk Yard Sensory Bin & Counting Game”

  1. Katie Pinch says:

    What a fun looking activity, and way to reuse! 🙂

  2. Christina says:

    That is a really, really cute idea! I bet my 3.5 year old would love it! He already knows a bit about recycling just from a practical (everyday) point of view. Learning more abou tit is a terrific idea. 🙂 Incorporating Math into the equation – ha! – is really neat. Can you share what game you played with the die?

  3. Ashley Moore says:

    What an adorable idea! And nothing special required!

  4. Jill says:

    What a fun sensory activity!

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