What’s better than lounging on a beach with ocean waves lapping at your toes?! Possibly nothing. This beach sensory bin brings all the magic of the seaside into the classroom. It includes sand, shells, and crinkle paper but you can include any other other ocean-themed items you’d like in this preschool sensory bin. Children will love scooping, digging, finding and exploring in the Ocean, Sand and Seashell Sensory Bin Activity.
Sensory Activities in Preschool
KIDS’ SENSORY BINS
BENEFITS OF SENSORY PLAY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD REACH FAR AND WIDE. THEY ARE A GREAT WAY TO OPEN UP SMALL WORLDS TO BIG IDEAS.
I love activities that are truly open-ended! Children can explore and get creative in any way they want to with this beach sensory activity. Play activities at the sensory table are a wonderful way to allow kids freedom to explore, talk, re-tell, and engage multiple senses.
Using creativity in kids’ sensory activities supports many cognitive tasks. It’s also a great way to calm children when they get a little antsy while giving them time to really explore through sensory play.
In addition to exploring sand and surf, you can guide kids to think about other things too:
- How is the beach different/same from your back yard?
- What kinds of animals live on the beach/in the ocean?
- Can you sort the shells by size/shape/color?
- What would you do during a day at the beach?
What Can Preschoolers Learn With an Ocean and Sand Sensory Bin?
OCEAN THEMED SENSORY ACTIVITIES
LEARNING ABOUT THE OCEAN IS A GREAT TIME TO INTRODUCE SCIENTIFIC VOCABULARY THAT SOMETIMES TRANSFERS TO OTHER TOPICS.
You can use vocabulary related to ocean habitats:
Why Is It Important For Kids To Engage in Sensory Play?
Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Sensory activities are a great way for them to dive into hands-on exploration.
How To Make The Ocean, Sand, and Seashell Sensory Bin
How to Make the Ocean Sensory Bin
Add the sand to the sensory bin. Leave some space to add the paper shred to represent water.
Place the shell mix into the bin.
Invite the child to engage with the sensory bin. Observe what he/she does with the contents of the bin. (optional ingredients: river rocks, ocean animals)
Use sand molds of ocean animals to learn about life in the ocean. Use molds in the sensory bin or take learning outside to a real beach of sandbox.