You guys, my kids are suckers for a good sensory bin.
Derek (my 16 month old) sees the bin come out of the closet and goes running to the play room to grab the tongs.
He is a hands-on learner for sure and will thrive doing sensory learning.
This sensory bin is another connection to the Brown Bear, Brown Bear book.
In fact, as Reagan was playing in the bin, she was saying the book from memory.
This activity will have you working on sensory skills and making connections to literature.
Grab a FREE copy of the template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Reading

  • Make personal connection to text
  • Interact with and recall details from a text that was read aloud

Visual Arts

  • Identify basic colors

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Reading

  • Make personal connection to text
  • Recall details from a text that was read aloud

Visual Arts

  • Identify basic colors and understand that you can combine colors to make new colors

Fine Motor

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear Sensory Bin Template

*Pom Poms

*Tongs or Spoon

*Wash Bin

Step #1

Print and cut out the Brown Bear Sensory Bin Template.

(If you saved your animal pieces from the Brown Bear color sort, you can reuse those.)

Step #2
Fill your bin with colored pom poms.

We only used the colors that were in the book.

Brown, red, yellow, blue, green, purple, while, black, and gold (orange).

Step #3
Place the pieces of the template in the bin.
Step #4
Invite your Lil’ to play in the bin using tongs and spoons.

Teacher Tip

Encourage your Lil’ to add commentary to their play or add the commentary for them. You can talk about the colors you see, the feel of the pom poms, the size of the pom poms, and what tools they like using.

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