I love it when I hear my boys ask to learn about a particular topic. Last week we were in the car and my preschooler asked me if we could learn about sea turtles. Of course I said yes and got to work brainstorming ideas for activities. The first one I came up with was a sea turtle sensory bin.
Here’s what we used for the sensory bin: (the links below are affiliate links)
- water beads (I used blue, green, and clear ones from The Dollar Tree)
- white sand
- ping pong balls (for turtle eggs)
- faux grass (for seaweed)
- sea turtle toys
I set everything up into a large plastic bin (the size you would use for wrapping paper). I wanted it extra large so we could have an ocean side and a beach side for the bin. Plus with two boys playing it’s nice to have more room. I arranged everything (like the picture below) and set it out and invited the boys to play with it.
And they got right to work playing and exploring! They love those squishy water beads, so that was the first thing they got their hands on.
There were several things I wanted my boys to learn about sea turtles with this sensory bin. While they explored the bin, we talked about sea turtles and I explained these facts to them:
- they are reptiles
- they live in the ocean and nest on tropical beaches
- they come to the shore to lay eggs (and the eggs hatch in about 60 days)
- they eat sea grasses
- they have paddle-like flippers that help them swim quickly and gracefully
They really enjoyed this small world play activity.
I loved starting our study on turtles with this hands-on sea turtle sensory bin. We played with it several times that day and I felt like the kids understood the key facts I wanted them to learn through this activity. They loved it so much that I’m sure we will be playing with this bin all week long.
This sensory bin looks like a lot of fun! I’d like to make one for my preschool class. I also bought these books: Sea Turtles by Trace Taylor, The Life of a Sea Turtle by , and Gina Cline and Traci Dibble, and This Is an Ocean by Gina Cline and Joi Washington. They are easy readers with beautiful photos. (The second book needs to be previewed before reading to your children, as it tells about creatures that like to eat sea turtles)
Angela Thayer says
Thanks so much for your suggestions! I appreciate it.
Hello, my name is Marina, l am from Ukraine. I want to say, that your sensory bins are great. Thanks for so good ideas!!!
Just love your bin! We were able to visit sea turtles on the beaches last summer and it was an amazing learning experience — your bin is a great example of what we learned about their habitat!
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Jamie La says
Such a cute idea!
Love how it turned out!!
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Georgina @ Craftulate says
This looks lovely! So inviting!