Bean Funnel and Sensory Box

How cool is this bean funnel and sensory box made out of recycled containers and large thumbtacks!?
bean funnel and sensory box

I read about this on Little Hands, Big Work. My husband and B put this together and there were HOURS of fun to be had!

Kids of all ages have walked into the playroom to see this and let out ooohs and aaahs. The top container might be a bit too high because B would hold onto it when he poured beans in and therefore we had a hard time keeping the thumbtacks in the wall for that piece. Want to make one? Here are the Bean Funnel Directions.

bean funnel and sensory box

So after a few weeks of the bean funnel, B started throwing beans “to Grandma’s house” (aka across the room). I decided it was time to turn the beans into a sensory tub. I hid letters in the beans and B hunted for them.  Last night I got out the beans again while I was making dinner and B practiced shoveling and pouring.

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  • Reply Jeanette

    I hid letters in beans for my daughter last week and she loved it! She was just asking for it again today.

    November 10, 2009 at 4:20 pm
  • Reply April

    That is really cool! Reminds me of those neat marble runs. When I was a little girl I used to daydream about making some intricate and complex set of pipes and tubes that I could drop a ball into to turn of a light or something of that sort. LOL, this probably would have satisfied my desire a little.

    November 10, 2009 at 4:52 pm
  • Reply Adriana

    Ok, this is TOO cool. I am going to show this to my husband. I think that it would be a great father/son project.

    November 10, 2009 at 6:40 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    What a gret idea. I love it and it looks so easy. My guy will love this.

    November 10, 2009 at 8:04 pm
  • Reply Nicole {tired, need sleep}

    I remember seeing that and I think of it every so often… just have to get myself in gear and get it done! Glad to know B enjoyed it so much!

    November 10, 2009 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Jen

    My girls are 5 and 7 and would still love it!! Great idea.

    Creative and Curious Kids!

    November 11, 2009 at 4:09 am
  • Reply Olivia

    Great idea! I tend to leave my 4yo just tagging along w/my 6yo–he would love this and would also love the categorizing upper/lower case letters. Thanks!

    November 11, 2009 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Melissa: Mother to 3 Little Sprouts

    I am so going to make one of these! This is awesome!

    January 4, 2010 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Pani Tanguera i Gabiś

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

    May 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm
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