Thursday, June 11, 2015

Forest Sensory Bin

I couldn't wait to do a sensory bin with a temperate forest. We looked for ingredients together with my daughter and brought home a few leaves and pine cones. I had chestnuts and acorn left from last fall. 

I cut out birch tree trunks out of regular printer paper and taped them to the sides of the bin. Mushrooms are made of Play-Doh.  

We started with naming the plants; we had a few different kinds of leaves including maple and birch. I showed her how spruce needles are different from pine needles – short and sharp vs long and soft.

You can also do a little bit of math, for example, count acorn caps or put acorns, chestnuts and pine cones in a certain order and ask your child to continue the sequence.

Then we played with the animals. The fox was looking for bunny and squirrel while they were hiding from her. 

My other sensory bins with animal habitats:

African Swamp Sensory Bin

African Swamp Sensory Bin

Indian and Indonesian Jungle Sensory Bin

Tropical Island Sensory Bin

Farm Sensory Bin

Coral Reef Sensory Bin

Frog Pond Sensory Bin

Arctic Sensory Bin

Desert Sensory Bin

Ocean Life Sensory Bin

African Savannah Sensory Bin

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