Have you tried setting up a camping-themed sensory bin? We are going to share with you today how to make one for your toddler or preschooler, so they can enjoy the small-world play! Get ready for some mess and tons of fun as we create a Camping Sensory Bin!
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A sensory bin is a container filled with objects that appeal to the senses like sand, grains, rice, seeds, rocks, pebbles, etc. Preschoolers need sensory play as it plays a major role in brain development, so creating your own sensory bin at home is not just fun but also educational! Yes, it can be a bit messy, but if it's for the kids' learning, why not?! So today, we will be making a camping-themed sensory bin for your preschoolers! If they have gone camping already, then they can help and suggest things they saw while camping. If they haven't yet, then it is a great way to show them what a campsite looks like in a miniature view! Let's start by collecting the materials first.
Materials Needed for Camping Sensory Bin:
- Large storage bin
- Sensory bin base: Kinetic/play sand
- River/Pond: Blue stones, small rocks, or pebbles
- Plants: moss, leaves, trees
- Campfire: mini popsicle sticks/twigs, red and yellow paper shreds
- Camping structures: Log cabin (Lincoln logs or make your own with popsicle sticks and glue!), miniature tent (or make your own with small sticks and construction paper/fabric)
- Additional features: Minature toy animals, people, boat/canoe with mini popsicle sticks for oars
Procedure in making your Camping Sensory Bin:
Step 1 Fill a large empty storage bin with kinetic/play sand. Leave some space for a river or pond.
Step 2 Add blue stones to make water for your river or pond, then add small rocks along the sides of the water.
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Step 3 Build a log cabin (Lincoln Logs are great for this!) and add a tent. Don't have any of these items? No problem! You can use a variety of materials (i.e. popsicle sticks) and have your preschooler make their very own.
Step 4 Build a campfire by laying out popsicle sticks in a crisscross pattern and adding red/yellow paper shreds on top.
Step 5 Build out the landscape by adding trees, moss, plants, leaves, and any other forest item you can think of! Use a variety of textures and colors for an enhanced sensory experience.
Step 6 Add animals, people, and a boat/canoe to complete your campfire setting!
Now your Camping Sensory Bin is done! Let your little one enjoy playing with it, you wouldn't believe how much he is learning from it! From fine motor practice to dramatic play and creativity, there are a lot of opportunities for learning this simple activity offers. Try it today with your kids and see them enjoy while learning!
For more camping-themed crafts, take a look at our blog post about Getting Creative in Nature - Camping Art for Preschoolers. You might want to try some of these at home with your little camper!
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