Space Rocks for Your Sensory Bin

I have some super fun activities for learning about outer space to share with you this week! I hope that you will follow along with all the different ideas! First on our list today was making Space Rocks for our sensory bin.

solar system sensory bin

My eleven year old realized today that we seem to have at least one new bin per week. And let me encourage you that your kids are definitely not too old to play with a sensory bin. I think that there are days that my 9 and 11 year olds play with them more than my 6 and 3 year olds.

It’s a different level of play, but still beneficial.

When my older kids play, they tend toward role-playing and making their own crafts and ideas to add into the bin.

When my younger kids play, it tends toward experimentation with the different objects that are included: exploring the texture, manipulating, observing.

Space rocks were no different.

My oldest and my youngest daughters help me make them. It was super simple and like most sensory materials we use took less than 5 minutes to throw together.

Here’s how we made our space rocks:

I took the black beans that we used in our butterfly garden sensory bin.  (Reuse, reuse, reuse!) I actually only used half of them, about 1 1/2 pounds for this bin because I didn’t need the filler to be as thick as with the butterfly garden.

black beans for sensory bin

Spread them in the bottom of our plastic bin.

Poured just a bit of homemade modge podge (watered down glue) over the beans. You really just need a little bit. Just enough to wet the beans, but not be gloppy.

DIY space rocks

Mixed the glue onto the beans.

We poured to small vials of glitter into the box.

sparkly glitter space rocks

Mixed it all up!

make space rocks for your sensory bin

And set it out on our hot balcony so that it would dry quicker and the littlest lady wouldn’t attack the box before it was ready.

space rocks for solar system unit

About an hour later, I went out to the balcony to check the space rocks. They were dry but mostly stuck together. (As expected)

space rocks for learning about outer space

A little bit of rustling the beans around in the bin and gently rolling in my hands separated them easily. This is why it’s important to only use a little bit of the modge podge.

Ta da!

Space rocks!

They are great for using with our Solar System Pretend Play Printable.

Free solar system printable for sensory bins, play dough or pretend play. A fun addition to a solar system theme!

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