This Ocean Sensory Bin is such a great activity for preschool-aged children. Sensory play is an important developmental milestone for them to learn during their early years and I just love all the sensory activities that are available in this summer activity.
We also push the importance of small world play in our house because it builds creativity and imagination. If your child enjoys playing at the beach, this is a great way to make it happen easily!
Beach Treasure Hunt
Beach Sensory Bin
You can make up sensory bins for all different seasons and themes throughout the year. And why not? Sensory activities are really great for learning and exploring.
These Ocean activities for preschoolers in science really do help them to comprehend words and associate items with their surroundings. Not to mention they get to use their senses and feel their way around the bin as well.
We adore the sand in our toes and love trips to the beach so we decided that it would be fun to create our very own beach at home.
This was a huge hit and is certain to be something that we’ll do again.
We added in a unit this summer from Five in a Row, using the book Hello Lighthouse. This sensory bin was the perfect thing to enjoy while I was reading the book to the kids.
Sensory play with a book or theme can be enjoyed over and over again and helps children use their imagination and get into the story.
What you will need to make your Ocean Sensory Bin is in this picture below. However, I have it displayed in a recipe list form to print out towards the bottom of the page. Have Fun!
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How to Make Beach Sensory Bin
It’s simple. Just add in the sand and start to add in the other items that you want. You could include little animals and boats, anything that fits a watery feel for you.
We started with piles of the different materials and then talked about some of our favorite beaches and how some are much sandier than others, how some are covered with big climbing rocks, and then how our favorite is a combination of those things.
You can ask your kiddos to try to recreate their favorite beach from their memories and pictures or have them make a shoreline for one they makeup but would love to go to.
This is a very open-ended work that allows for soothing thoughts and memories of our blue mind time. For older kids, you can discuss erosion, ocean ecosystems, and the importance of keeping the natural world around us clean and protected.
What can we do to help ensure these beautiful places are here forever?
You can even add in some water, which is optional.
Beach Themed Activities
A summer vacation or even a fun day trip to the beach is a lot of fun for the whole family! But, even if you can’t get to the beach you can bring the beach to your kids.
Beach Sensory Play Activities are the best!.
Make certain to talk about all the fun things that they’re creating and building. Let your child use their words to explain.
Ocean Activities for Preschoolers in Science
If you are using this beach sensory bin with toddlers It’s going to get a bit messy but that is okay! Just put a sheet or a rug underneath that you can shake off later.
Or have this set up outside on a warm sunny day!
Ocean Sensory Bin
Once you make this beach sensory bin, your kids will love these beach activities too.
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Ocean Theme Activities
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