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Ocean Sensory Bin Utilizing Simply 2 Supplies

Ocean Sensory Bin Utilizing Simply 2 Supplies


This ocean sensory bin is certainly one of our favourite summer season actions for preschoolers and kindergarten children! It engages the youngsters’s senses and evokes all types of imaginative play.

I initially put this bin collectively for certainly one of my preschool’s summer season camps. However I believe it could work for any time of the 12 months. Maybe throughout your subsequent kindergarten or preschool ocean theme or a unit about sharks?

Sensory play actually doesn’t must be overly sophisticated, and this underneath the ocean sensory bin proves that time. It solely wants two supplies, and it may maintain the children engaged for HOURS. Sure, I stated hours!

preschoolers playing in sea-themed bin with text that reads super simple ocean sensory bin

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I’ve to inform you that this appealed to children of all ages! The 4 and 5-year outdated campers, the 6 and 8-year outdated camp assistants, and the 30-something lecturers all bought their fingers into the ocean sensory play.

Ocean Sensory Bin

Learn beneath for prepping ideas, in addition to some concepts for utilizing the ocean-themed sensory bin. I’ll share the methods we’ve used it through the years. However please remember the fact that you may tweak this concept to greatest meet the wants of your college students!

Talking of, I do wish to level out that this bin accommodates water beads. Water beads are by no means appropriate for anybody who nonetheless places issues of their mouths. In case your youngsters would possibly achieve this, please exchange the water beads with a fabric higher suited to their ages and wishes.

How one can Assemble the Below the Sea Sensory Bin

Begin off by gathering the supplies you’d like to make use of. Listed here are the TWO gadgets we used (I could get commissions for purchases made by way of hyperlinks on this put up):

Like I stated, simply two supplies for hours of ocean-themed enjoyable! You should use one thing like dyed rice or chickpeas for the bottom if that’s simpler for you. And even just a few water with a drop or two of meals coloring.

To place the bin collectively, simply:

  • Hydrate the water beads in a big container.
  • Place ocean animals into the water beads.

Don’t be afraid to let the children provide help to put the ocean sensory play collectively. My son helped me the very first time we made the ocean sensory bin. We selected each clear and blue water beads just because we didn’t have sufficient blue!  As soon as the beads had been hydrated, we poured them into a protracted plastic bin with a prime.

progression of blue water beads enlarging, ready for a sea sensory bin

Once we bought to the preschool, we positioned quite a lot of small animals in with the water beads.  He selected whales, sharks, child ocean animals, in addition to number of different sea animals.  It was an extremely crowded ocean, however the youngsters didn’t appear to thoughts one bit.  

ocean animal toys in bin of blue and clear water beads

We had a pleasant dialogue in regards to the traits of sharks versus whales as my son added the animals. It’s all the time good to hearken to his questions and see how a lot he’s realized by way of our adventures.

Check out a video that reveals how one can make your individual ocean sensory bin:

How the Children Performed with the Sea Sensory Bin

The primary day of camp, I gave the kiddos fundamental directions relating to the ocean sensory bin. Please go away the water beads un-squished till the final day of camp, attempt to maintain all the things within the bin, and have enjoyable with the ocean animals!

The kids had been engaged with this bin the complete week of camp. They advised tales utilizing the animals, sorted the animals, ran their fingers by way of the water beads, and simply loved enjoying collectively.

On the final day of camp, we had a Splash Day.  The kids had been having fun with the ocean sensory bin a lot that we determined to carry it exterior with us.  It’s all the time good to have some easy play bins for the children to make use of when they need a break from sprinklers and water balloons.

preschoolers standing and playing in an ocean theme sensory bin

They ended up squishing the beads (after asking me, which was good), climbing into the beads, and stomping them with their ft.  This ended up being a full-body sensory expertise for the children!

Different Methods to Use the Ocean Sensory Tray

We’ve got had tons of enjoyable with completely different variations of our sea sensory bin since first making it in 2013! As I discussed earlier, you can also make modifications as you see match. Listed here are a number of methods you may change issues up:

  • Flip the sensory bin into an ocean sensory BOTTLE as an alternative. This could be nice for youthful children, particularly.
  • Add only one sort of ocean animal. For instance, if you happen to’re educating a unit targeted on sharks, simply add shark toys.
sea animal toys in bin of blue water beads
  • Cover waterproof letter or quantity manipulatives within the bin. Problem your college students to search out all of them.
  • Flip it right into a pirate messy play exercise that includes “strolling the plank” and preserving away from sharks!
  • Pair the ocean sensory bin with small nets. Ask your youngsters to fish out all the ocean animals utilizing the nets.
  • Swap out the water beads for one more sensory base. Rice, chickpeas, sand, water, or shaving cream could be a whole lot of enjoyable, too.

As you may see, there are such a lot of methods to regulate the ocean sensory play to your preferences and the children’ wants! You should definitely let me know the way your college students performed within the feedback beneath.

Extra Ocean Sensory Play Concepts

I assumed you would possibly like a number of extra ocean-themed sensory play concepts. If the ocean sensory bin was successful, your college students may additionally like these concepts:

And you’ll want to take a look at my Ocean Theme Pinterest board for extra concepts in your subsequent ocean unit.

Ocean Lesson Plans

Let Preschool Instructor 101 prevent a ton of time with fully-developed, done-for-you early childhood assets. We’ve got a whole bunch of lesson plans, dramatic play packs, STEM challenges, advantageous motor actions, math classes, circle time songs, and a lot extra. There’s even The Pack, our membership for preschool and kindergarten lecturers. Our members have entry to our supplies at a steep low cost.

Click on on the picture beneath to get our ocean lesson plans. They arrive with a weekly overview, detailed each day lesson plans, ebook strategies, entire group actions, small group classes, middle concepts, and associated printables:

Preschool ocean lesson plans cover.

Listed here are a number of extra assets associated to ocean animals. Click on on the pictures beneath:

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two looks at an ocean sensory bin for kids

Initially printed August 2013.



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