Sensory: Bugs & Crawly Things

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Objective:
Creating simple sensory bins for exploring insects.
Skill Development:  Sensory Play
Age Range:  Preschool
Messiness:  Medium

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Sensory Bin:

Fill a bin or sensory table with dried lentils.  Place the insect figurines in and offer the other materials.

Play:

Children can scoop and pour the lentils, which encourages fine motor skills.  Using jumbo tweezers, children can dig for and pick up the bugs.

Discuss:

What insects can you find?  
What colors do you see?

Movement:

Pretend to be the bugs and crawly things by acting them out:  Slither like a snake.  Jump like a frog.  Hop like a grasshopper.

Books to Read:

  • I Love Bugs by Philemon Sturges (pictured)
  • Bug IQ by Smart Kids (includes poster)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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