We love the book based literacy sets from Experience Preschool. For this month’s dinosaur theme one of the books included was Jurassic Jam. I added the puzzle pieces to a sensory bin of kinetic sand and dinosaur counters to create an inviting way to offer a puzzle and sensory play together.
Sensory Bin + Puzzle – Jurassic Jam
There are many benefits of puzzles for preschoolers including developing concentration, spatial awareness, problem solving, shape recognition, eye hand coordination and fine motor skills.
The Jurassic Jam story features different dinosaur musicians and the instruments they play. The music invites the children to practice patterning skills in a playful way.
It’s a fun storybook to read and the bright colorful drawings attract the listener’s attention.
A new puzzle that coordinates with the storybook is included with the curriculum each month.
The Jurassic Jam book, puzzle and take apart dinosaur toys have been featured on our shelf all week.
There’s been a renewed interest in the puzzle after I introduced it in a sensory bin.
I used kinetic sand in the sensory bin but regular sand, rice, or beans would also work. I find kinetic sand to be a little less messy and it’s irresistible to just about everyone, including me!
Simply hide puzzle pieces in the sand. Encourage children to find a piece and figure out where it goes. So fun! Depending on the size of the puzzle, two friends may be able to work together.
Adding puzzle pieces to a sensory bin adds and element of challenge. Which piece will you pull out? Where will it go?
Everyone feels good when they accomplish a goal! Children can develop their self-esteem by completing a small task like completing a puzzle. See, it’s not just play, it’s learning!
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