My kids absolutely adore sensory play. And they especially enjoy it when I create a new sensory bin for them to explore. Since we are in the middle of our homeschool preschool insect unit, I wanted to put together an insect sensory bin for them to explore. In this post I’m sharing how I created our insect sensory bin and how my kids played with it. At the end of the post I’ve included links to several other insect-themed sensory bins from other bloggers.
This insect sensory bin was very simple to put together. I started with a base of black beans, then I added several silk flower petals and an insect on top of each petal. (I ordered the insects – which are actually finger puppets – from Oriental Trading Company.)
When I finally gave them a chance to play, XGirl immediately began scooping and pouring the beans. She absolutely loves this kind of practical life fine motor activity.
QBoy was enamored with a new set of tongs I included, and used them to pick up the beans and put them in a cup.
After some time exploring the beans, QBoy picked up two ladybugs and they began to have a conversation.
Later, he decided to pair up all the insects two by two.
And eventually, he decided to feed his bugs some of the beans.
I’m always amazed at how even a very simple sensory bin like this one – which literally took me only less than 10 minutes to put together – can keep my kids entertained for so long.
More insect learning resources
Insect printables from Gift of Curiosity:
- Insects Printables Pack
- Insects Do-a-Dot Printables
- Insects Anatomy Game
- Insects Grid Games
- Ant Printables Pack
- Ant 3-Part Cards
- Ant Do-a-Dot Printables
- Ladybug Do-a-Dot Printables
- Bee Do-a-Dot Printables
- Bee Sudoku
- Butterfly Do-a-Dot Printables