We have a great sensory bin idea for you–create a Safari themed Sensory Bin with materials you have at home!
What is a Sensory Bin?
Sensory bins are great tools for younger children or children who might have sensory processing disorders to experience some relaxed sensory learning activities. For example, a sensory bin might include textures that encourage fun or textures that you might want your child to get used to (like sand perhaps) as well as goaled learning activities, like foam letters or numbers. In this activity, we suggest including toy animals to learn more.
Make a Sensory Bin that resembles the Sahara and fill it with any desert-like materials that may stimulate the senses. This craft lists material examples but you can design a sensory bin to be themed around anything!
- 1 small/medium-sized bin
- Tongs or measuring cups
- Rice (different colors/varieties)
- Small Pebbles/Rocks
- Fake plants or flowers
- Any sort of pasta (penne, rigatoni, and elbow work great!)
- Green or brown play-doh
- Stuffed animals or small animal toys to recreate your own animal safari
- A few drops of essential oil that you find pleasant
- Find a medium size bin that can be you can fill with your materials
- Fill it with your base, which could be pasta or rice.
- Fill with any materials listed above, whatever you think your child would get most excited over!
- Once your bin is filled, use the tongs and measuring cups to help them pick our specific materials like the rocks or pieces of pasta! Pretend you are on a safari and learn about your animals. Get Creative and have fun!