Bug Discovery Sensory Bin

Sensory bins are always my go-to for any day that we don’t have any plans. I love all the open ended play they can provide and Teddy absolutely loves them although he’s always a bit hesitant at first.

Exploring bugs is also something fun to do, we love looking at bug hotels at a local farm and sensory bins are also a great way to explore bugs and to have a great sensory experience too.

This bug sensory bin is definitely a fun way for Teddy to explore all the creepy crawly’s without me actually having to handle live bugs.

While this is a simple and pretty straight forward activity, let me talk you through the materials I used and how I set it all up.


Items needed for Sensory bin

  • Cooked spaghetti
  • Green food colouring
  • Pack of bugs
  • A sink bowl or any kind of storage box
  • Magnifying glass
  • Tweezers


Directions 

 

I started off by cooking the spaghetti on the hob until it was soft enough eat, then I transferred it into a colander to drain and rinsed thoroughly with cold water before adding in the green food colouring bit by bit and mixing it all in until all the spaghetti was fully coated.

I should have really left the spaghetti out to dry for a bit but we were too excited to wait so I transferred it straight into the sink bowl that I used which of course resulted in me having green hands.

I added in all the bugs on top of the spaghetti and the magnifying glass ready for Teddy to play with and then took it through to the play room where Teddy was waiting with his messy play apron.

I added in all the bugs on top of the spaghetti and the magnifying glass ready for Teddy to play with and then took it through to the play room where Teddy was waiting with his messy play apron.

 

Sensory bin play

Teddy immediately started trying to pick up the bugs with the tweezers which he found quite hard at first. It took some work to get the tweezers onto the bugs but eventually he was able to do it!

 

This is an excellent fine motor activity for toddlers.

Once Teddy really got the hang of holding the bugs with the tweezer, he then got out the magnifying glass to inspect all the bugs which he absolutely loved doing.

After inspecting and exploring all the bugs, it was time to get messy and this is when Hugo joined in too. He loved playing with the spaghetti and waving it around everywhere.

Both Teddy and Hugo ended up playing with the sensory bin for quite some time, when they were both finished, tidying it up afterwards was so quick and easy to do.

It did leave some green marks on my floor which wiped away easily, but this is easily avoidable if the spaghetti is left out to dry beforehand.

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