Here’s a quick and easy sensory bin that you can make using things from our desert landscape. I went outside with J earlier today and she gathered some things from our yard for this one. Normally I would just use water but J wanted to use the decorative glass for water instead.
After setting up the bin we added the insects from the Safari Ltd.® Insects Toob® that you can get for about $6.00 at Jo-Ann if you use a coupon. Instant fun! It’s amazing how much she enjoys playing with something so simple.
- a large fossil type rock
- mesquite beans
- a palo verde branch
- small gravel
- blue decorative glass gems for water (for even more fun add a small bowl of water instead)
The container is an 18″ x 22″ photo developing tray. Very handy for sensory and discovery bins!
This is something that J kept going back to over and over again throughout the day. Today she was burying the insects, hiding them under rocks, putting them to bed, waking them up, giving them water, finding them food, flying the butterflies and dragonfly around and rearranging everything. I’m sure it will continue to keep her busy for at least another week before we switch to a new sensory bin.
Of course, you don’t have to use insects with this sensory bin. Anything will work!