Are you looking for a fun way for your kids to learn about ocean animals? This Ocean Animal Sensory Bin is a hands-on sensory play activity that will introduce your children to the ocean habitat and the animals that live there.
Ocean Animal Sensory Bin for Sensory Play:
Sensory play is an activity that stimulates your children’s sense of touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Movement and balance activities are great for sensory play too. These type of play activities are important because they help your kids to develop their language and fine motor skills. Sensory play also encourage them to explore, investigate, problem solve, observe, experiment, and form conclusions.
Sensory bins are a fun and easy way to add sensory play into you day. They are a container or tub filled with material and objects such as water beads, sand, or shredded paper that your kids can play with and explore. They are also a fun, hands-on way to incorporate learning other concepts such pre-reading skills.
Getting Ready To Use The Ocean Animal Sensory Bin:
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- Blue Gravel
- Play Sand
- Mini Plastic Ocean Animals
- Mini Plastic Sea Plants
- Plastic Container
- White Card Stock or Copy Paper
- Laminator and Laminating Pouches
How To Set-Up:
To set-up this sensory bin, pour the blue gravel on one side of a plastic container but leave a bit of space for play sand. Next, add play sand to the other side of the container. Then, put the seashells and the mini plastic sea plants in the play sand. After preparing the sand side of the container, add the mini plastic ocean animals to the blue gravel. For even more sensory fun, pour some water in the gravel. The sand will get wet and your can make tiny little castles.
To prepare the ocean animal cards, enter your email address in the box below to download and print the cards. I like to print my resources on white card stock, because it is more durable. But, you can use copy paper too. Next, laminate the cards so your kids can use them over and over and cut them apart.
How To Use The Ocean Animal Sensory Bin:
With all the different animal included in this sensory bin, it’s a fun way to teach your kids about all the different animals that live in the ocean. The ocean is a habitat unlike any other on Earth. From sharks to crabs, there are so many amazing and unique creatures that call the ocean home.
To use the animal cards, your kids can pick a card and identify the animal on it. They can then find that animal in the sensory bin. You can talk about the characteristics of each animal and their life in the ocean.
This Ocean Animal Sensory Bin is a fun sensory play activity for kids and would be a great addition to your ocean unit. Your kids are sure to like learning all about ocean animals!
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