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 or topics to my son. It also allows him to sit and listen to longer books while keeping his hands busy.
This month’s sensory bin is inspired on one of our favorite books! We love Curious George books by H.A. Rey and Dinosaur Discovery is no different! The story is about George getting into his usual monkey antics and helping a group of scientists discover a new dinosaur! This book lends itself to a wonderfully tactile sensory play experience using only a few supplies!
Supplies Needed for Dinosaur Discovery Sensory Bin:
- Cloud Dough (8 cups of flour, 1 cup vegetable oil)
- Dinosaur Fossil Figures
- Paint Brush
To set up this sensory bin, I mixed up enough cloud dough to fill my bin. Then buried five dinosaur fossils in the bin and packed down the cloud dough making it flat on top. I placed a paint brush in the bin and invited my son to discover the dinosaurs!
I read the story while my son played in the bin full of cloud dough, finding the dinosaurs I had hidden in it! He had a great time digging with his hands and the paintbrush, making a mess! Good thing I had a drop cloth down to cover the floor!
We also used this play time to talk about the different dinosaurs as he dug them up. After finding all the hidden dinosaur fossils, he enjoyed burying them again and again!
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, Monsters Love Colors Sensory Bin, Tacky the Penguin Sensory Bin ,The Octonauts Water Sensory Bin, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Sensory Bin and Ant Life Cycle 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!