Welcome to the Wonderful World of Sensory Bins Series! This month I am back with a new book-inspired sensory bin! Sensory bins are a lot of fun, but are also a great way to incorporate some hands-on learning! I like to tie in great children’s literature with my sensory bins, so that is what I am going to try to do as a contributor for Enchanted Homeschooling Mom each month. I find that sensory bins combined with a good children’s book is a great way to introduce new books to my son. It also allows him to sit and listen to longer books while keeping his hands busy. Book-based sensory bins are also a hands-on way to work on reading comprehension, story sequencing and retelling a story.
This sensory bin was inspired by the book Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester. This is an adorable book about a lovable, yet odd penguin named Tacky. Tacky lives with a group of other penguins who find his un-penguin-like behavior annoying until he saves them from the hunters. This humorous book is sure to be a hit your kids!
To create this bin you’ll need the following supplies:
- artificial snow
- white pom poms or cotton balls
- large blue glass gems
- “ice” cube from the game Don’t Break the Ice
- Safari Ltd Penguins TOOB
- brown bear from Safari Ltd Wild TOOB
- coyote from Safari Ltd Desert TOOB
- husky from Safari Ltd Arctic TOOB
- bits of yarn for “Hunters” scarves
- scraps of craft foam and clear glue dots for Penguins bow ties
I wanted to recreate the characters in the book using our Safari Ltd Toob animals, so I dressed them up a bit! For the Hunters, I gave them little scarves by tying on a little yarn. For the penguins, I cut tiny bow ties out of craft foam and stuck them on the Penguins using clear glue dots. The glue dots worked perfectly to hold on the bow ties, but were also easily removed when we were done playing.
One afternoon we read this story before nap time and then while Caden was sleeping I set up this bin! I put the artificial snow, white pompoms, large blue glass gems in the bin and arranged the “ice” cubes in an appealing way. Then I set up the “Hunters” and Penguins in the bin and waited for Caden to wake up. He was so excited to play with it when he found it later that afternoon! He enjoyed exploring the sensory materials in the bin and used his imagination to make up a story with the penguins and “hunters”. He especially loved knocking down the “ice” cubes and trying to rebuild little towers with them!
If you like this book-inspired sensory bin, be sure check out the previous sensory bins in this series, Goodnight Construction Site Sensory Bin , The Salamander Room Sensory Bin, and Monsters Love Colors Sensory Bin. For more information on how to create sensory bins and some wonderful sensory bin ideas from across the web be sure to read Sensory Bin 101!