Going On Safari from Mother Goose Time has been awesome this month! I was inspired to create a safari habitat sensory bin by the sensory idea in the STEAM Station section of the Getting Ready For Safari.
Safari Habitat Sensory Bin
STEAM Stations are play stations that can be set up in your environment to encourage children to test out new ideas through free-play.
- Sensory table or bin
- Safari Animals
- small Blocks
- Blue gems
- small plants
- dry beans
- crinkled paper
Sometimes I buy special materials for sensory bins but
There are so many ways to create a sensory bin or safari habitat so this idea is just for inspiration.
A variety of textures and materials inspires play and provides a sensory experience.
Dry beans create the base of our safari habitat sensory bin. I used shallow containers with gems and beads for a watering hole. The crinkled paper imitates the grasslands.
Hippos eat plants so they need a lot of greens.
I like to add small blocks to sensory bins to encourage block play and building.
Make a tree or a hut.
Of course we need lots of safari animals long with rocks, sticks and wood slices.
Creating a safari habitat sensory bin is easy and provides hours of fun for kids. While they are playing ask some questions to enhance their play and get them thinking.
Questions to Ask
- What do you think the safari animals need to survive?
- Where do you think the animals hide? Who would they be hiding from?
- What animals would want to stay together?