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Ocean Animal Sensory Bin

Are you looking fun sensory play ideas that will help your kids learn about the ocean? This Ocean Animal Sensory Bin is a hands-on sensory play activity that will introduce your children to the ocean habitat and the animals that live there. 

Ocean Animals Activity

Ocean Animal Sensory Bin for Sensory Play:

Sensory play is an activity that stimulates your children’s sense of touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Movement and balance activities are also part of sensory play.

These type of play activities are important because they help your kids to work on many developmental skills.

Sensory play also encourage them to explore, investigate, problem solve, observe, experiment, and form conclusions. 

Ocean Animals Activity for Kids

What Are Sensory Bins?

Sensory bins are a fun and easy way to add sensory play into you day. They are simply a container or tub filled with material and objects such as water beads, sand, or shredded paper that your kids can play with and explore.

Sensory bins are also a fun, hands-on way to incorporate learning other concepts such ocean animals or dinosaurs. 

Getting Ready To Use The Ocean Animal Sensory Bin:

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What’s Needed:

  • Blue Gravel
  • Play Sand
  • Mini Plastic Ocean Animals
  • Seashells
  • Mini Plastic Sea Plants
  • Plastic Container
  • White Card Stock or Copy Paper
  • Laminator and Laminating Pouches
  • Scissors

Ocean Activity for Kids

To set-up this sensory bin, pour the blue gravel on one side of a plastic container but leave a bit of space for play sand.

Next, add play sand to the other side of the container. Then, put the seashells and the mini plastic sea plants in the play sand.

After preparing the sand side of the container, add the mini plastic ocean animals to the blue gravel.

For even more sensory fun, pour some water in the gravel. The sand will get wet and your can make tiny little castles.

To prepare the ocean animal cards, click on the button below. Then, download and print the cards.

I like to print my resources on white card stock, because it is more durable. But, you can use copy paper too.

Next, laminate the cards so your kids can use them over and over. Finally, cut them apart. 

How To Use The Ocean Animal Sensory Bin:

The ocean is a habitat unlike any other on Earth. From sharks to crabs, there are so many amazing and unique creatures that call the ocean home.

This ocean sensory bin is a fun way to teach your kids about all the different animals that live in the ocean. 

Sensory Play

To use the animal cards, your children can pick a card and identify the animal on it.

They can then find that animal in the sensory bin. You can talk about the characteristics of each animal and their life in the ocean. 

This Ocean Animal Sensory Bin is a hands-on sensory play activity for kids and would be a fun addition to your ocean unit.

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Ocean Sensory Bin

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