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If you’re looking for more fun activities for toddlers and preschoolers, this zoo sensory bin ideas is a marvelous activity for you and your kids. Using sensory play, discover animals and textures together. Great for sensory play for babies, too, when using the larger zoo animals!
Bring the Zoo to You with an Animal themed Sensory Bin!
Kids love zoo animals and they love to explore, so I’m closing out the Alphabet Sensory Series with the letter Z, and a fun Sensory Activity Zoo: Exploring Animal Textures!
26 awesome bloggers joined together with our host Jenny, from the Jenny Evolution, to bring your kids a sensory activity for every letter of the alphabet! There are so many fabulous sensory bin ideas in this series you’ll be eager to try!
How To Make Your Animal Sensory Bin:
- A bin or basket Feather Pack for Crafts
- Plastic Zoo Animals (or for younger children, try Large Zoo Animals instead)
- Animal Flash Cards
- 1 piece of furry fabric
- Peel & Stick Foam Sheet
Stick a piece of craft foam to the bottom of the bin. This is the texture for animals without fur, such as a hippo.
Place the fabric fuzzy side up over half of the craft foam. Now one side of the bin is smooth, and the other furry. The furry fabric represents fuzzy animals.
Place the plastic animals in the bin. Don’t worry about setting them up, just toss them in there!
Cover the base of the bin and all the animals with feathers.
My kids loved digging through the feathers to find an animal, and next they would dig to the bottom of the bin to feel the textures of each animal.
During the Sensory Activity Zoo exploration, I held up a flash card and my kids dug for the animal, then told me if it was smooth, furry, or feathered.
For more learning activities for kids to do at home, check out my Kids Learning at Home posts.
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