This month we’re learning about the desert. It’s not always easy to make places like the desert come alive for little learners because many of us in Wisconsin have never seen the desert. I use many different types of materials to help children get the feel for what the places might be like including pictures, books, videos and play, like this desert small work play bin. This invitation to play includes simple materials you can find to recreate the desert themed small world and sensory bin.
Desert Small World Play
This is my take on the Desert Diorama Science & Nature STEAM Station play idea from Mother Goose Time in this month’s theme Desert Discovery. I decided to invest in some small cacti plants that we can hopefully use for many years ahead. They can be a little pricey but I found them 40% off at Michael’s.
The Desert Toob desert creatures are perfect for this desert invitation to play. Toob toys are the perfect addition to sensory bins!
We’re loving our new IKEA FLISAT Children’s Table! I can see it being very flexible and fun for
I found these small wood bowls at Ross Dress for Less – they came in a set of 4. They’ve been perfect for so many uses – love them!
This cactus planter looks real but it’s not. It’s not very pokey, but just enough to make it seem real. The plants do not pull out of the pot so I think it will hold up well. I do have a rule that these items stay in the sensory table so they do not get dropped or handled too roughly.
Kids love snakes. Me, not so much. The scorpion is very popular too.
Our lonesome coyote.
Lots of moveable items make this bin attractive to little hands.
Mr. lizard hanging out near the rock.
I didn’t add water to our STEAM Station but you could.
Questions to Ask During Play
- What might you find in the desert?
- How do people and animals cool off in the hot desert?
- How can you move the water from the bowl to the other areas in the desert? (if you use water)
- How could you make a river in the desert?
More Desert Discovery Activities
- 25 Things I Love About Mother Goose Time (and What’s in the Box: Desert Discovery)
- Don’t Sit On A Cactus