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Sensory: Bugs & Crawly Things

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


Sensory Bin:

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


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


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


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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