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I have always loved sensory bins (although I don’t think I ever called them that). My boys love playing with new textures and items. For this bin I used a cardboard seperator to pour in different colored beans/leaves to represent different habitats in Africa.
For the water I had cut down a tin container but if you do that make sure you soften the edges or cover with tape so they aren’t sharp! You could always use a plastic bowl too. For younger kids you can just present like this with the Schleich African animals.
For older kids or big animal lovers (like my boys) you can ask them where each animal lives and have them place them in the right spots. Then you can talk about food, other animals, climate etc.
If you’re afraid of a mess, place the bin inside a large box! You could always use sand outside for some fun mud play too!
Have you ever made a sensory bin for your kids?
(Disclosure: We were sent some animals by Schleich but not compensated in any other way to post. We’ve loved them long before we ever had a blog! All opinions are our own.)