By the time we were done, it was nap time so Stella was actually the first one to get to play with the bin and she and I were INTO it. When Vivi woke up, we were ready to show her our favorite ways to play. She LOVED it. I put down a blanket because I knew she would not be good at keeping the peas in the bucket. And I was right about that. As time went on, the whole thing became more of a sensory "area" rather than "bin". It kept Vivi busy for a good hour and I kept checking on her. Her face of concentration was simply adorable. I loved how she would find new ways to play with the peas all on her own without any help or guidance from us.
She was doing pretty good at keeping the peas on the blanket and then all of the sudden Stella yells: "Vivi! Oh Mom, you have to come and see this!" And the peas were EVERYWHERE! I don't know how she did what she did so fast, but the peas even made it everywhere in the closet even though the closet doors were closed. The peas stick to bare feet really easily and Vivi did not like that, but I told her it was her punishment.
The sensory bin is still a favorite around here. We are slowly running out of peas though since every time Vivi plays with it, peas go all over and I just vacuum them up now. But overall, it was a good little idea to make this. She has loved it, and I still enjoy it as well.