Dinosaur Sensory Bin

Since J is enthralled with dinosaurs, I decided to introduce R and H to the wonderful world of dinosaurs as well.   They had never shown any interest in dinosaurs previously but perhaps dinosaurs are universally loved by little boys because they were immediately interested in the topic.

They dove right into the dinosaur sensory bin and started exploring the various textures and figures.

They were especially interested in the kinetic sand and were fascinated watching it break apart and fall into the bin.  I hid some of the small dinosaurs in sand “eggs” and they were occupied for quite some time uncovering the figures.

One thing that stood out to me while the kids played is how differently the various children played with their dinosaurs.   While J (not pictured) played primarily with his T-Rex, pretending it was chasing and eating the “baby” dinosaurs, R held his dinosaurs in his arms and announced “the mama dinosaur is kissing the baby”.  J may have a better grasp on the Jurassic era but my heart melted a little when R’s dinosaurs were snuggling.  🙂

Regardless, the dinosaur sensory bin has been a huge hit with all three kids and a frequently requested activity!  There’s no right or wrong way to make a sensory bin, but here’s what I used for ours:

  • 6 pounds (2 packs) of kinetic sand (from Amazon, Target, or most craft stores)
  • Dinosaur figures we had on hand (the small ones are available at Dollar Tree)
  • Craft sticks and rocks from my stash (I got the sticks at Hobby Lobby one time and the rocks at Dollar Tree but you might have some lying around the yard)
  • Various green blocks for “leaves” and “grass”
  • A blue bowl and blue blocks for our “lake”
  • Small plastic trees and rocks I had left from an under-the-sea play set
  • Volcano made out of a plastic bowl from Dollar Tree and felt strips
      J’s sensory bin was nearly identical, although I added a toilet paper roll for a hollow log and used a bowl of blue vase filler for the water since I was not concerned about him putting them in his mouth.  I still supervise closely , though!  If you make your own dinosaur sensory bin, I’d love to hear what you used!

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