This week we kicked off our animal themed baby bins learning all about insects. We had lots of fun matching colors, painting, and trying out lots of sensory experiences as we learned about bugs.
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Here is a look at our 6 animal themed baby bins:
Here are the details for each of our activities:
Insect Theme Read Aloud:
For this week’s read aloud I opted for the hardcover version of The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle. The repetitive text and sweet cricket sound at the end (only in the hardcover, not the board book version) make it just the right length to hold little ones attention with a fun surprise at the end.
Insect Theme Sensory Bin:
Color Bug Matching Bin:
Aubrey used tweezers to grab each bug and match it to a color spot on the rainbow dot page. Then we practiced identifying colors, bug types and counting.
Ladybug Plate Craft:
Our painting craft this week was easy and quick to prep. First Aubrey painted the whole plate red with a foam brush. Then I gave her a circle shaped foam brush to add black spots. After letting the lady bug dry a bit, she glued on the paper shapes that I cut out to complete her ladybug.
Find the assorted paint brush pack here and the tempera paint I use here.
Insect Puzzle Bin:
In this bin: black beans, Melissa & Doug Insect Puzzle
Aubrey loves puzzles so now that she is over 2 most of our chunky puzzles are really pretty easy for her. But Puzzles + Sensory Bins = new life for old puzzles. Adding the hide and seek factor makes puzzles exciting enough to hold her attention again even when they are pretty simple.
Bee Sensory Bin:
In this bin: Honeycomb cereal, yellow pom poms, silk flowers, and bee finger puppets
Then check out the rest of our 35+ themes on the Baby Bins Curriculum Main Page.
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