An insect sensory bin is a great way to explore and learn about bugs from the comfort of your home. In this simple sensory bin I used black beans for the base, then added in plastic insects and bug hunter tools such as a net, magnifying glass, and magnified bug container.
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Materials Needed for Insect Sensory Bin
- Black beans
- Bug Hunter Tools (Ours are from Dollar Tree)
- Safari Ltd Insect Toob
Caden loved just playing with the insects and black beans in the bin. As he explored the black beans he put some in a small container, added some to the bug net and explored how the beans will hop on the ground when he pushes down on them with his finger. We also explore the insect sensory bin with some extension activities.
To encourage more learning with the sensory bin we did a couple of extension activities. The first activity we did with the insect sensory bin is very simple. While Caden played with the beans and bugs I read a nonfiction book about different types of insects. Then we would search the sensory bin to see if we had a plastic version of that bug and we would match the bug to the pictures in the book.
The second activity is a sensory matching game. I printed out a vocabulary card with different pictures of insects from 1+1+1=1. We then dug in the sensory bin to find the bugs that matched the pictures. Fantastic Fun & Learning has a great post with a long list of sensory bin extension activities. You should definitely check it out!
For more wonderful insect and bug activities check out my Pinterest board.
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