BUTTERFLY HABITAT SENSORY BIN
Sensory bins have gained a lot of popularity over the last few years and this butterfly habitat bin fits right in. While I don’t personally consider them a necessity for growth and development they are a fun way to help your child explore their senses!
Here’s a super simple but fun butterfly habitat sensory bin that is sure to bring some fun to your day.
I love looking back at this sensory bin. While it may not be the simplest of sensory bins I’ve done, this butterfly habitat sensory bin was the very first one I did after opening our home daycare.
I remember that I was so scared something would go wrong, or that I’d be finding beans around the playroom for weeks afterwards. Instead nothing went wrong, the kids loved it and they all requested I bring back the butterfly habitat bin again!
I added a lot more detail than I usually do to this bin, so you can definitely skip some of these and still have an amazing butterfly habitat sensory bin.
- White beans
- Fake grass (mine are the square ones Dollarama releases with their summer line)
- Fake flowers pulled off their stems (I thrifted mine for super cheap)
- Bug Nets
- Wild Republic Nature Tube – Butterflies
- Learning Resources Fine Motor Tool Set
- Hape Nature Glass
- A bug catching container
I first put down the lentils and beans. I would only do one or the other if you don’t enjoy sorting beans out of lentils for an hour afterwards. Then I shook the fake grass into the beans/lentils, added the flowers and lastly the butterflies.
If the bins look too full for you, you don’t own enough of the list or you want a simpler version:
- Pick a base (beans, sand, water beads, oobleck…)
- Add a few pieces of nature (fake flowers or grass, branches)
- Add fake butterflies
Go from there. Items like tongs would work in place of nets and the base can be whatever you prefer!
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