Ah, summer. During our last couple of weeks of school, we all have summer on our mind. After all, we are having fun with our ocean theme, complete with a beach day. This year we actually had summer weather, too! Bonus! So, when I put together our summer sensory bin, I wanted bright, happy, sparkly fun.
They loved it.
Because it contained shiny stuff. Oh, how our preschoolers love anything shiny!
And it included containers with lids. Remember our St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin? Yep, same love. They filled those containers to the top and snapped on the lid. Then, opened the lid and dumped everything out. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
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Summer Sensory Bin
What we used:
- Dyed rice – you can see how we do this here: sunflower sensory bin
- Small sparkly objects
- Small containers with lids
Oh, and make sure to read some fun beach books!
Yep! Filling those containers to the top!
If you look back to my sensory bin activities, you will see that many include some sort of container. Toddlers (especially) and preschoolers love to fill containers. If it has a lid, that’s a bonus!
I also think about textures.
Who can resist taking big scoops and slowly sifting it through your fingers?
And dump. But of course! This might be the most favorite part. If you have a child who likes to dump anything, being able to redirect him to an activity like this works wonders.
And that’s it! It really is that simple!
More ideas to try:
And look at these beach activities!
Create an ocean themed sensory writing tray as a fun way to learn how to write letters and sounds, children’s own names and even sight words too!
Set up a simple ocean sensory activity that is science too!
Explore and learn about the ocean habitat with play dough.
You can find even more on my beach/ocean pin board.