This DIY Polar Bear Sensory Bin is easy to create and a wonderful resource for younger children to play with and enjoy. Sensory bins allow children to explore, imagine, discover, and learn while using their senses. They are great for both at home and in the school system.
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Teaching Kids About Polar Bears?
Before, during, or after sensory play, you can teach kids about polar bears. Check out Polar Bears International to find facts and information about polar bears. Things you can talk about include:
- What they eat
- Their habitats
- A polar bear’s life cycle
- Characteristics of a polar bear
- Myths that can be busted
You can find all these supplies on Amazon. Buy in bulk to save time and money.
- Arctic Animal Toys (we used Polar bears, but you can add penguins, etc.)
- 1 package of white foam beads
- Cotton balls
- Decorative snowflakes
- Clear glass gems
- white pom poms
- Clear tray (looks like an icy effect)
- Small plastic bowls for sorting materials
- Optional: scoops or plastic spoon
(Note: below, you can add desired amount of items that will fit easily into the tray you are using.)
If you would like to make your own polar bears, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Arctic Morphing Matter comes with 6 arctic animal figurines. And, kinetic sand is also a great sensory activity.
Polar Bear Sensory Bin Directions:
Set up a workspace for kids to play. (The foam beads can be a bit messy, so prepare for that!)
Pour the foam beads into the tray.
Add glass gems around the tray.
Add decorative snowflakes.
Put cotton balls and pom poms into the tray.
Add polar bears.
It’s play time! Use hands, scoops, or plastic spoon for play. Have kids count and find all the snowflakes, gems, cotton balls, or pom poms.
Warning: Because we use small objects in this bin, use caution with younger children. Supervision is always encouraged.
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About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts, preschool music and reading with kids. Don’t forget to follow our fun crafts and creative ideas over on Facebook.