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Insect Sensory Bin- a sweet welcome of spring!
Okay, so it’s not quite Spring yet where we are and not many insects are out there. But hey, it’s never too early for Spring, plus kids get to experience a fun sensory play activity and stay busy. Insects are fun. Bees, butterflies, ladybugs, dragonflies, anything you have works great for this sensory bin. In addition to all sorts of insects, I’ve combined beans, a few rocks and artificial flowers!
Related: Want another awesome sensory bin? Check out this Spring Sensory Bin!
Materials for insect sensory bin:
- Beans (we used black)
I’ve also linked the exact insects we used below
Book optional, but totally recommended. My kids love this flap book with so many colorful illustrations about nature!
- Simply dump the beans into the tray you’re using and arrange the rocks, artificial flowers and insects.
(Kids digging into the sensory bin. Also…crazy hair day)
Related: Safari Sensory Bin
What is my child learning and improving?
- Sensory skills (math skills, life skills, play skills, and self control, feeling the rocks, beans, textures, exploring, creating and imagining)
- Fine motor skills (playing with the insects, turning rocks, picking up the beans)
- Creativity + imagination
- Focus + concentration
- Independent play (this is a great activity for the kids to stay busy with!)
More easy-to-set up sensory bins
Check out this Thanksgiving Sensory Bin!
Do your kids love to play with ice? Then they’ll love this Ice Age sensory bin!
Will you make this Insect Sensory Bin?