Continuing our A-Z of Sensory Play series we are exploring the letter D. We couldn’t miss the opportunity to make a Dinosaur Sensory Bin. However, we opted to turn our sensory bin into an edible one and created a Dinosaur Chocolate Mud Sensory Bin.
Setting up the play was super quick. I melted 10oz of cooking chocolate in the microwave and poured it into our green sensory bin. The melted chocolate looked like a sticky muddy swamp. I then placed a variety of plastic dinosaurs in the bin. Some were standing fully in the mud whilst others had already left muddy footprints around the bin.
At first I didn’t tell my son that the dinosaurs were standing in chocolate. I wanted him to explore the sensory bin but also see if he would notice the smell of the chocolate whilst he played. My son decided that T-Rex wanted to eat the “mud” and it wasn’t long before most of the dinosaurs had their faces placed in the chocolate.
My son became fascinated that the dinosaurs could walk through the swamp and that they left footprints which were really clear. He also noticed that during his play the footprint had hardened and he could peel it off from the base of the sensory bin. When he was looking closely at the hardened footprint, my son noticed the smell of chocolate! Surprisingly though he didn’t want to eat any of it – he wanted to save it for the dinosaurs to play in.
During the play T-Rex was rolled around in the mud. My son wanted to see what would happen to the dinosaur if he left it alone.
So his play continued but he wouldn’t touch T-Rex. It was a cool day and the chocolate hardened fairly quickly. We were left with a fossilized chocolate dinosaur! My son was amazed and it led onto a long conversation about fossils and how the dinosaurs became extinct. Isn’t it amazing what sensory play can lead to!