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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.

Pani Tanguera i Gabiś

Friday 20th of May 2011

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing!Cheers,PaniTanguera

Melissa: Mother to 3 Little Sprouts

Monday 4th of January 2010

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


Wednesday 11th of November 2009

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!


Wednesday 11th of November 2009

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

JenCreative and Curious Kids!

Nicole {tired, need sleep}

Tuesday 10th of November 2009

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!