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Insect Sensory Bin



A sensory bin is typically a plastic tub or a large container of some kind, filled with materials and objects carefully selected for toddlers to play with to stimulate their senses. A sensory bin can be filled with a variety of different materials such as water beads, water, sand, shredded paper and more.


Today we will learn how to make an Insect Sensory Bin with supplies you can order online or substitute with things you can find around the house and backyard.




o See-thru activity tub or any plastic tub or container

o Play sand (kinetic sand is my favorite) or dirt, grass, leaves. (for substrate)

o Plastic Toy insects o Twigs, leaves, rocks (to help decorate and replicate insect habitat)

o Magnifying glasses (to get a closer look)

o Tweezers, tongs, or forceps (to pick up insects and help develop motor skills)

o Large photos of insects and their habitats (To teach what insects and their habitats looks like




• Fill sensory bin with 1/2 inch to 3/4 inches of substrate you chose.

• Arrange materials gathered (rocks, twigs, etc..) to try to replicate insect’s habitat.

• Place insects of your choice in the bins.

• Place magnifying glasses and tweezers in or by the sensory bin. See picture for an example.


Introduce Activity:


• Share some interesting facts about insects and where they live.

• For example, insects have 3 distinct body parts. They have a head, thorax, abdomen and 6 legs. Some insects have wings.

• When wings are present in insects, they commonly consist of two pairs. For example, grasshoppers, bees, wasps, dragonflies, butterflies and moths have 2 pairs of wings.

• Use tweezers and magnifying glasses to find and explore some of the characteristics of insects.


• Have Fun!!



Author Info
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America Trinh, Early Childhood Programs Coordinator, has been with Kidspace Children's Museum since 2016. She has previously worked as a Spanish elementary school teacher. Prior to transitioning to Early Childhood Education, she earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Marketing.  America loves to paint as a hobby and her favorite children's book is in Spanish titled "Ojo, oso!" 

America Trinh, Coordinadora de Programas para la Educación Infantil, ha estado en el Museo de Niños Kidspace desde 2016. Anteriormente trabajó como maestra de español en escuelas primarias. Antes de dedicarse a la educación infantil, obtuvo una licenciatura en Mercadotecnia Empresarial. Uno de los pasatiempos favoritos de America es pintar y su libro infantil favorito en español se titula "¡Ojo, oso!"