Join us as we bring natures indoors to create a fun and inviting nature sensory bin to do with your own kids. We enjoyed it so much and hope you will too!
When nature calls – a fun hands-on activity experience!
That’s usually somewhere around March 21st! It has taken a bit longer here to feel like being inspired by nature, but I think it’s time. Why not bring the outdoors in to play and examine?
This nature inspired sensory bin was certainly fun to put together. Papa, Liam and I went out into Papa’s great big back yard and found moss, birch tree logs, bark, ferns and twigs to build our nature bin for learning about bugs and exploring nature close up at home. I made this invitation to play from an idea I saw at Fun at Home with Kids small world. I would have to say her sensory bin is a bit more pleasing to the eye but Liam likes his sensory bin just the same. I did use her idea of drying coffee grinds for the dirt. I did this for quite a few days but didn’t get as much as I would have liked so we have a lot of moss 🙂 I love that we collected our materials together from papa’s house when we went to visit my in-laws. They have wonderful woods that we miss living in the city!
Nature Sensory Bin & Early Learning Play
Liam enjoyed looking at each bug and placing it carefully in his small world sensory bin. He noticed that they each had a pair and sometimes one was a mommy and a little kid or baby. He thought the centipede looked like train tracks and he made the grasshopper hop out of the bin. I put a small bowl of water in too because nature needs water. I asked him not to dump it and he did a good job listening and instead used it to give each bug a bath. Then he placed each one to dry on the moss.
I threw together some trays from supplies that had just come in the mail and found some cute trays I had stored away. Sorting bugs and butterflies are my own. so cute! Foam bug stickers and leaf printout from The Measured Mom. We put our own spin on it to suit Liam’s needs.Clothes pins and counting cards. Favorite! from 3dinosaurs. These were good and easy to manage activities for Liam and he had success with each.
He has done similar activities before and gets sorting but still needs me to sit with him for each step in the process until it is completed. I usually need to start the sorting with him so he gets one for each bowl but soon I am hoping he will remember! I did have too many bugs to sort to begin, but as we went along I managed to snag some and found that 12-14 bugs for each type was good. He is always slow to start but a good finisher. I think he can see progress and that gets him through the home stretch of an activity. He liked these tweezers from Learning Resources.
Yay for clothes pins since they apparently make an activity exciting. He does like to count but often goes really fast or doesn’t follow in one direction so we are working on counting slowly. He has gotten much better with the clothes pins too which is great to see for his fine motor skills improvement! Also because we have done this a bunch, he did seem to move through more of the handling of the materials independently. Repetition is certainly key for Liam but without it being exactly the same! He really liked putting the stickers on the leaf. I had initially thought he would have needed more of my help to get the sticker backs off but he didn’t! I gave him some freedom with this as we didn’t follow The Measured Mom’s directions. He chose a number and then saw there were pairs so we matched numbers as we went along. Great to have fine motor skills, matching and number recognition all in one activity! He was pleased with his finished leaf and we took a picture to send to daddy!
We had a wonderful time exploring nature indoors while welcoming Spring outdoors!