I saw a farm sensory bin done by Frugal Fun 4 Boys on Facebook about a month or so ago and was totally inspired to make one for our farm unit!
 Sensory bins are an awesome opportunity for your preschooler to play as they learn through their senses. They will learn about the way different materials look and feel and maybe even how they smell, sound, or taste (depending on the sensory bin). Your preschooler will also learn problem-solving skills as they engage in play.
Plus for many of our Lil’s, sensory bins are a calming activity as they allow your Lil’ to enter another world and focus on their senses, especially touch.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Science

  • Understand 3 of the 5 senses to make observations

Engineering

  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Science

  • Use 5-senses to make observations

Engineering

  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways

Required Materials

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*Sensory Bin

*Small Cardboard Box

*Construction Paper

*Toy Farm Animals

*Glue

*Scissors

*Popcorn Kernels

Spoon

Step #1
Cut the top off of a small cardboard box and cut a small hole in the front of the box.
We used an empty Rice-A-Roni box.
This step should be done by an adult.
Step #2
Wrap the box in red construction paper to make it look like a barn.
Be sure to cut out the hole in the paper as well.
Step #3
Fill the bottom of your bin with popcorn kernels.
Step #4
Place your barn in the bin.
Step #5
Add toy farm animals, a toy tractor (if you have one), or another farm activities toys.
Step #6
Add a spoon or measuring cup so that your Lil’ can move the corn kernels.
Step #7
Invite your preschoolers to play with the sensory bin. Show them how to use the spoon to put the corn kernels in the barn.

Teacher Tip

Save the kernels when you are done as we will be using them in more activities this month.

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