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Bugs and Flowers Sensory Bin

Last week Zoey wrote about her garden sensory bin. I thought it was completely amazing, and could not wait to come up with my own variation. This bin uses the same base (brown colored rice) which looks exactly like mulch. Mini pots are holding flowers, but I am hoping my children will also use them to sort the different types of bugs.

That’s the wonderful thing about sensory bins; they are literally bins overflowing with learning opportunities. Looking forward to seeing those little green thumbs!

MATERIALS USED:

– A large plastic bin
– Brown colored rice (tutorial here)
– Plastic bugs
– Mini flower pots
– Silk flowers
– Gardening gloves
– Tweezers
– Rake
– Shovel
– Watering can


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Garden Sensory Bin

Spring has definitely sprung in our classroom. The seeds, the children planted, have started to sprout. The butterflies have emerged from their chrysalises, and the children’s colorful kites are hanging from the ceiling. To go along with all of this, I set up a garden sensory bin, that needless to say, has been a popular spot in the room this week.

As a base I used colored rice. I then added a shovel, a rake, a sifter, a pair of large tweezers, and some garden fruits and vegetables. Large plastic carrots, left over from Easter, made the perfect receptacles for all the goodies. The children all had a great time using their imaginations and motor skills while “gardening”.


MATERIALS USED:

– Rice
– Brown and black liquid watercolors (refer to our (post on how to color rice))
– Rakes and shovels
– A sifter
– Large plastic tweezers
– Plastic strawberries and carrots
– Large plastic carrot containers


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Foil Imprint Art

It’s Artsy Thursday, and we are on day 4 of NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™. You know what they say: time flies when you’re having fun.

Today we are getting our hands messy with some colorful finger paint, and look! The children are painting on a new sensory texture surface; foil!

For this activity, give each child a generous piece of foil. Have them squeeze it into a ball, and then ask them to uncrumple it. Add some paint, and let your preschoolers go to town. Once they are finished painting, have them press a piece of construction paper onto the foil. Kids should use their arm/hand strength to smooth out the foil, spreading the paint below. Simply peel off the paper and voila! Behold the artsiness!

MATERIALS USED:

– Finger paints
– Foil
– Construction paper


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