Spring Bug Sensory Bin for Kids
Bug Spring Sensory Bin is a easy sensory bin activity for kids! Create a beautiful sensory bin with pretend grass and dirt! The post Spring Bug Sensory Bin for Kids appeared first on HAPPY TODDLER PLAYTIME.
INSIDE: Spring Bug Sensory Bin is a fun and easy sensory bin activity for toddlers and preschoolers! Create a beautiful and enticing sensory bin complete with pretend grass and dirt!
Spring is in the Air!
Spring is definitely in the air! And we are already starting to do some fun activities and crafts to celebrate. One of my favourite activities to create for my twins is, of course, sensory bins! And I have recently started to incorporate more cardboard into my bins and the results are simple amazing!
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How to set up the Bug Spring Garden Sensory Bin
How to Mark the Grass
- Use scissors or box cutters to cut cardboard into the shape of blades of grass.
- Paint both sides of the cardboard grass with green tempera paint or use a paint stick. Use different shapes of green, if available.
- If you don’t have bug and insect toys your can create them using the cardboard.
How to Make the Cloud Dough Dirt
Cloud dough is not edible. Raw flour should not be ingested. Adult supervision is required.
Makes about 8 cups amount (about 1.2 kg) cloud dough
- Large mixing bowl
- 8 cups (1 kg) all-purpose flour
- ½ cup (55 g) unsweetened cocoa powder, or more as needed (optional, for brown cloud dough)
- 1 cup (240 ml) vegetable oil
- In the mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder (if using) and vegetable oil.
- Mix together until the cloud dough becomes moldable. Add more oil if it’s too dry or more flour if it’s too wet, as needed.
- Cloud dough is ready when you can shape it into a ball with your hands. Add more cocoa if you want to make the color of the cloud dough darker.
Putting the Sensory Bin Together
Add the cloud dough to one side of the bin and the grass to the other side. Include some grass in the cloud dough. Place your bug toys, snakes and other insects including butterflies in the sensory bin. Add bowls and spoons. Add a utensil drawer organizer for sorting.
How to Play with this Sensory Bin
This is a fun sensory bin to let your little one play and explore in. For toddlers, let them explore and play with the bugs, help them to name them and identify their colours and unique features. For preschoolers, have then sort the insects by those with wings, without wings; by colour; by type: insect or not insect; or by number of legs.
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- Sensory Bin or Sensory Table
- Cloud Dough (see recipe above)
- Box cutters or scissors
- Green paint sticks or Tempera Paint for Kids
- Toy Bugs, Toy Insects, Mini Butterflies and Toy Snakes and Toy Lizards
- Utensil Drawer Organizer
WILL YOU TRY BUG SPRING GARDEN SENSORY BIN WITH YOUR TODDLER OR PRESCHOOLER? PIN IT FOR LATER!
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