Do you have a child fascinated with space, stars, moon, planets? Even if you don’t, if you put together for them a galaxy themed sensory bin, you will have one new space fan!
I have been looking forward to letter G of our A-Z Sensory Play series. It was finally an opportunity for us to create a Galaxy Sensory Bin.
My desire to make a space inspired sensory bin stemmed from our recent purchase of 3D Glow In The Dark Planets. The planets range from 1.9cm-5cm and are meant to be hung from the ceiling. However, first, I wanted my son to explore the planets within a sensory bin.
I took our usual green sensory bin and covered it with kitchen foil. This created a space-like background and added another sensory element to our activity as it made a wonderful crunching sound during play time. To represent black space I added 1kg of black turtle beans. Finally, I added the 3D Planets along with a packet of Glow In The Dark Stars.
Next to the Galaxy Sensory Bin I placed a variety fine motor tools and four star-shaped bowls.
First my son explored the texture of the black turtle beans. He grabbed handfuls of the beans and watched as the turtle beans fell between his fingers. He loved the noise it created when the black turtle beans dropped onto the tin foil. For some time he experimented to see if bigger handfuls of beans created a larger noise or not.
Next, my son used his fine motor tools to pick up the turtle beans, stars, and planets and place them into the star-shaped bowls. The Handy Scooper was the perfect size and shape to pick up the planets. They fitted perfectly inside. The wooden tong worked well when trying to pick up Saturn. Although my son struggled to use the wooden tong to pick up the glow in the dark stars the Jumbo Tweezer worked well with the thin items.
As night fell the 3D objects became to glow. My son couldn’t quite believe that he could carry on playing with the Galaxy Sensory Bin despite not having the light on. Unfortunately, the bin didn’t show up on camera whilst in the dark.
The glow in the dark added an additional sensory element to our play and brought on a discussion about where the light comes from, why we can see the moon at night and what stars are. These were questions I certainly didn’t expect them to be interested in! I love it when sensory play encourages children to be interested in the world around them.
Next week we continue our A-Z Sensory Play series with the letter H! And we’ll have some hairy fun – stop by and join us!