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!


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


Owl Babies Art Activities

My first year of teaching I discovered a wonderful book, Owl Babies, written by Martin Waddell, and beautifully illustrated by Patrick Benson.

Three baby owls awake one night to find their mother missing. “Where’s mommy?” they wonder. Exactly where mommy is makes a wonderful story. In subsequent years, I have read this book to all my classes for Mother’s Day, and have found that it never fails to capture the children’s imagination. After reading the book, the children love making their very own owls, painted with bubble wrap, to take home. I like to extend this curriculum later in the week. We often have a group discussion about owls, their habitats, and the fact that they are nocturnal animals. I then like to follow up with some feather painting.


– Our owl template
– Construction paper
– Large googly eyes
– Feathers
– Paint
– Bubble wrap
– Glue


– Stiff feathers
– Paint
– Construction paper


Mother’s Day Gift Craft Cans

Many of the children in my classroom have mothers who are very crafty. They love to scrapbook and paint. So this year I decided to to have the children make decorative craft cans for Mother’s Day. In preparation, I covered the cans with foam in a variety of colors (I discovered the best way to be sure the foam adhered properly was to use a glue gun). When it was time to complete the project, I provided each child with a can, some tacky glue and a variety of materials to decorate with. I encouraged each child to pick what they thought their mother would like best. I then sat back and watched some beautiful cans emerge. The children are all very excited about presenting their gifts at our Mother’s Day Tea.


– Soup cans
– Craft foam sheets
– Scissors
– Glue gun
– Buttons
– Jewels
– Foam self adhesive stickers
– Stickers
– Tacky glue


Mother’s Day Gift Bags

I always like the children to make their own wrapping for their Mother’s Day gifts. I have found that paper bags, when decorated, make the perfect gift wrap. The flowers on our bags are paper cupcake liners that have been pressed onto colorful blobs of paint. We spread the paint by smoothing it over with our hands. Brass fasteners were used to attach the flowers (some children will need help with this step). We then pasted some stems and leaves on, and added bright pom poms, in the center, to complete our flowers. As a final step, we punched holes in the bags and tied them with a colorful yarn. The completed bag is the perfect compliment to any Mother’s Day Gift.


– White paper bags
– White cupcake liners
– A variety of paints
– Brass fasteners (brads)
– Pom poms
– Our leaf and stem template
– Construction paper
– Yarn
– Hole punch
– Glue
– Scissors