Find the Carrots!

Search & Find Sensory Fine Motor Play

bunny carrot sensory search and fine motor play activity

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Help the bunny find his carrots and plant them!

We have been having a lot of fun celebrating Spring and preparing for the Easter holiday next month! Simple activities are so much fun when you change them around for the different holidays or seasons! Practice makes perfect, so I try to make practice fun and different each time to encourage him and engage him fully in whatever we are doing. Combining fine motor skills with fun themes and different elements makes it new and fun each time! This time bunny has lost his carrots and we must help him find them and plant them back in the garden! (ok, so not quite how you plant carrots but it was fun to do and we have grown carrots from seed too for him to see!)

Help Bendy Bunny Collect His Carrots (Fine Motor Play)

 I used my Spring green colored rice for the sensory filler in this carrot fine motor activity. I love saving and storing sensory bin fillers in gallon zip bags to reuse for different sensory bins down the road. Seal in bags and store in a clear storage container and you are ready for quick and fun sensory play or mini activities like this one! I also added some carrots from the dollar store and a bendy bunny. These alligator tweezers are great for chubby hands still learning fine motor control!

Bunny Carrots Search Sensory Bin

We do lots of activities with tweezers, so he knew exactly what to do when he saw this fine motor play activity! Bonus, he thought it was funny that the bunny lost his carrots. Liam had lots of little stories to talk about while he found the carrots!

Bunny Carrots Sensory Bin Search Tweezers

One thing Liam has to work on is looking just a little bit harder and longer to make sure he has everything. I encouraged him to feel around with his hands to search for more carrots I had buried in the rice.Bunny Carrots Sensory Bin Search Hand Searching

To double check we had all 24 carrots, I had him count what he had found!

Bunny Carrots Sensory Bin Search Counting Carrots

Carrot Planting Play Dough Fine Motor Activity

Since I pretty much knew he wasn’t going to play with the sensory bin after he found the carrots, I wanted to extend the activity and keep his hands working! I remembered from an earlier activity he loved sticking the carrots in play dough. I thought a repeat activity with a twist would be fun. I wanted it to last a while but it needed to have specific directions with a start and finish. I took a big green ball of homemade play dough, an ice cube tray, and the carrots and set them up in a tray to plant!

Bunny Carrots Sensory Play Dough Fine Motor Play Set Up

I modeled the first one for him by showing him how to take a chunk of play dough and push it into the ice cube tray until the section was filled. Then I used my thumb and first two fingers to push a carrot into the play dough. He definitely got it!

Bunny Carrots Sensory Play Dough Fine Motor Work

While I worked at the table next to him, he was able to busy himself with the activity. Again Bendy the bunny was his topic of conversation!
Bunny Carrots Play Dough Fine Motor Play 2

This activity was a nice length of time and he worked hard to fill it all in nicely for the bunny!Bunny Carrots Play Dough Fine Motor PLay 3

Bendy Bunny even got to play in his garden a little bit!Bunny Carrot Sensory Play Pretend Play

Remember! Clean up of an activity is just as important. He pulled out all the carrots and play dough and put them back where they belonged!

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10 Comments

  1. Wow! This is such a cute little activity! We just set up some rice sensory play ourselves, and my son looooved it! I’ll have to try this later, too 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness this is such a lovely activity! And I love the idea of using ice cube tray with playdough- so simple but so effective! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  3. I love this idea. Sensory bins are fantastic tools for learning and they are really fun!
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  4. This is such a cute and fun idea! My girls are all about sensory bins lately and this is going on our April must try bin! Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop to share with our readers! You were featured as one of my favorites this week 🙂

  5. These sensory play ideas are adorable! It even makes me want to play! Thanks so much for sharing on Makeovers & Motherhood’s Welcome Party Wednesday Link-Up! It is one of my features this week!

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