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Hungry Caterpillar Sensory Bin

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Creating simple sensory bins for Toddlers
Skill Development:  Sensory Play
Age Range:  Toddler
Messiness:  Medium



Books to Read

  •  The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Look Inside Food by Usborne

*Reading enhancing the learning environment

Inspired by Eric Carle's The Hungry Caterpillar book, we created a fun sensory bin full of learning and fun!

Fill the bin or sensory table with rice and/or pasta that has been dyed green.  Add in the other materials.  These plastic items are reusable ice cubes from Michaels Craft store.

Hungry Caterpillar Play:

Children can scoop and pour the colored rice through the funnel, over the food, etc.

Ask the children what types of food do they see.  Create patterns using the ice cube food pieces.  Sort the food by color.

Things to Discuss:

  • What are healthy food options?
  • Why did the caterpillar feel sick after eating some of the food?

Step 4:

Add the colored rice to your sensory bin and add some fun objects.

Scoops and cups enhance fine motor skills.  Pots, pans, silverware allow for some dramatic play.  Bath toys are great to add also (as always make sure it's age appropriate)