These past several weeks, Michaela and Madison learned about frogs, their habitat, life cycle, and metamorphosis. These girls love to explore and one of our favorite things are learning through play with sensory bins. Creating this frog habitat sensory bin was definitely fun and a perfect way to learn about frogs.
The items listed can be a choking hazard. Please do not allow your children to play, learn, and/or explore unattended. Children under 3 are very curious and will put anything in their mouth.
Everything you need to make the sensory bin costs less than $5.00 and hours of fun.
What you’ll need:
1 – 15 quart plastic storage container – Walmart, $4.50
plastic frog figures – as many as you like
- frogs with insects – Dollar Tree, $1.00
- 12 assorted frogs – Amazon.com, $4.59
2 bags – blue marbles – Dollar Tree, $1.00 each
1 bag – small stones/rocks – Dollar Tree, $1.00
2 – clear floral gel beads (aka water beads) – Dollar Tree, $1.00 each
green foam sheets – Hobby Lobby, $0.33 each
googly eyes – Dollar Tree, $1.00
water – Free
fun – Free
Kids – Expensive
Clean everything with water and soap. Some of the items are dusty and will leave the water cloudy if left uncleaned.
Trace circles onto the foam sheets. I used a solo cup and used both ends of the cup to trace different size circles. I also used 2 different kinds of foam sheets just because I like the glittery ones.
Then cut a “V” out of each circle foam sheets to create lilly pads. Set it aside.
Place 2 mesh bags of marbles, 1 bag of rocks/stones, 2 containers of gel beads into a 15 quart plastic storage container. You can use a larger container if you’d like.
Poor enough water to cover the rocks and beads. Frogs like shallow water, so I kept it shallow.
Add lilly pads (foam sheets), frogs, and a handful of frog eggs (googly eyes).
Add kids into the mix and they’ll create their own fun!
It is best to play and explore the frog habitat sensory bin outside. Water and beads will end up all over the place.
The girls were so excited and have been waiting for a long time to play with the frog family and water. Finally, the wait is over!
When I brought the sensory bin outside, all the girls, including little ol’ Shiloh, ran outside and immediately got into the bin. I just stood back and let them explore while I took pictures and observed.
The girls were surprised of the gel beads. The gel beads were clear, so they couldn’t see them initially. Once their little hands were in the water, all mouths fell open. It was awesome. “Look mommy, it’s invisible and I can feel it!” They each picked up a handful of “stuff” and allowed the water drain through their tiny little fingers. Michaela and Madison each explained to each other what they had in their hands.
Shiloh on the other hand, “rock! Momma, I play rock!” She grabbed as many rocks as her little hands could hold, ran off to hide them and came back for more.
The twins finally started noticing the frog eggs. They tried scooping up the frog eggs and seeing who could scoop up the most. Then they played with the frogs and lilly pads. One of the games they created was, “how many frogs does it take to sink the lilly pad”. I could go on and on and on about all the games they played, all the things they’d explore and learned.
I will have to say, this is the best and most fun sensory bin by far!!!