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Fossil Sensory Bin: A Visual Discrimination Activity

Calling all future paleontologists!  The history museum is looking for more fossils to add to their collection.

Are you ready for the job? Dig through this Fossil Sensory Bin and help the museum.

Sensory activities like this one are a fun way for kids to use their senses to explore and learn! 

Dinosaur Activity for Kids

What is a sensory bin? It is a container or tub filled with material and objects that will stimulate your children’s senses.

Sensory bin filler can be any kind of material such as water beads, sand, or shredded paper that kids can explore.

Sensory bins are also a fun, hands-on way to learn other concepts such visual discrimination skills.

Fossil Sensory Bin

When your kids match the photograph to the fossil, they are working on identifying the similarities and differences between the pictures.

By doing this activity, they are developing their visual discrimination skills which are important when learning the ABC’s and practicing letter recognition. 

Getting Ready To Use The Fossil Sensory Bin:

What’s Included:

  • Fossil Printables

What Else Is Needed:

  • Container
  • Sand
  • Plastic Dinosaur Bones (optional)

To set-up this sensory play activity for your kids, fill out the form below and download the fossil printables.

Next, print the pages on white card stock, laminate, and cut all of the pieces apart.

Then, fill a container with sand. I like to use the dish pan containers because they are deep so the contents won’t spill.

My son loves kinetic sand but you can use regular play sand too.

Visual Discrimination Skills

Then, place the fossils in the sand. You can add dinosaur bones and other props too.

You can also give your child tools that a paleontologist would use during a dig such as a brush, shovel, and safety glasses.

How To Use The Fossil Sensory Bin:

To add to the fun, you can make-up a story for your kids about how they are paleontologists who have to go a dig to find fossils for the history museum’s new exhibit.

Visual Discrimination Activity

The museum gave your paleontologists photographs of what fossils they need to find during their expedition.

Sensory Activity

Next, your kids will pick a photograph of a fossil. They will then dig through the sensory bin to find the matching fossil.

Fossil Sensory Bin

This Fossil Sensory Bin is a fun sensory activity and a hands-on way for kids to work on developing their visual discrimination skills.

More Dinosaur Literacy Activities:

If you are looking for more dinosaur-themed resources, here are some of our favorite books and activities:

Dinosaur Books for Kids: 

Curious About Fossils by Kate Waters

Fossil Huntress: Mary Leakey, Paleontologist by Andi Diehn

The Berenstain Bears’ Dinosaur Dig by Jan Berenstain

More Dinosaur Books

Dinosaur Activities for Kids:

Dinosaur Alphabet Playdough Mats

Dinosaur Mud Sight Word Activity

Dinosaur Letter Recognition Activity

Dinosaur Sensory Bin Idea

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Download The Fossil Sensory Bin Printables:

To get the printables for this Fossil Sensory Bin, fill out the form in the box with your name and email address.



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