The kidlets have been enjoying a dinosaur dig sensory bin.
The base is a combination of sand, beans lentils, seeds, abalone shell pieces and some amber necklace beads. Lots of different colours and textures. I added a dinosaur skull (an aquarium accessory), dinosaur skeletons (found at a dollar store) and at dinosaur skull and fossil toob. A couple of magifying glasses and some small paintbrushes finished off the bin.
Each time I put a bin out for the kidlets to explore, they add their experiences, ideas and learning needs.
Some kids make a story directly connected to the bin.
My little paleontologists, buried, excavated, and carefully brushed the sand away from their finds.
Sometimes a story is made with the bin materials that is loosely connected to the bin.
These boys used the dino skull to make a volcano that would erupt and kill all the dinosaurs. All observed by a 21st century scientist who entered the era through a portal.
Other times, the story that evolves has nothing to do with the bin. And that's okay.
When I asked what story she was making, I was told that this was a birthday cake. "Cause it's my little brother's birthday soon".
Other times the sensory aspect of the bin is most important.
My friend spent a few minutes enjoying the sensation of the and and beans running through his fingers.
I love the learning opportunities that sensory bins bring to my classroom.
I love the environment being the third teacher. And the kids supporting each other's experience and learning.