Our hot chocolate sensory bin is finally here! I have been planning this theme since before Christmas so I’m really excited to see it finally come to life. When I first envisioned this bin I knew I wanted to use our pinto beans that I’ve shared in previous bins, including our construction zone theme. The beans are such a versatile filler and I find them easy to clean up if we have a spill outside of the bin.
To create this theme, I took reusable plastic cups with lids and wrapped them in paper coffee sleeves. I’ve included a free template below so you can print the sleeves at home to create the same look in four lovely color options. To get started, simply print and cut following the template. Then, fold the pieces together allowing the edges to slightly overlap into each other. You can secure the coffee sleeves using tape and are ready to slide them onto your cups. Once my coffee sleeve were in place, I added my plastic cups and a mini utensil set to the pinto bean base. To complete the look, I took a handful of mini marshmallows and sprinkled them on top.
- 1 Plastic storage bin
- I used the Sterlite 28qt under bed storage bin
- 6 Pounds of dry pinto beans
- Add more or less for your needs
- 1 small bag of mini marshmallows
- Plastic or paper coffee cups
- I purchased these reusable cups from Michaels using a coupon
- Mini utensil set
- I used this CWC brand from HomeGoods (also seen at TJMaxx, Marshall’s and Tuesday Morning)
- Measuring cups or scoops
- Paper straws
- Additional toys
- Look around the house for toys you already own or visit your local dollar store for affordable new additions
I cannot begin to tell you how much fun we had with this bin. The boys scooped the beans into cups, sorted out all the marshmallows, pretended they had a hot chocolate stand and so much more. It’s been a total hit this week and saved me when I had a work call this morning.