sensory: Dinosaur Dig Sensory Bin

My love for sensory bins is bringing you more ♥ today!

What we have here is an archeological dig site for dinosaurs…or simply a dinosaur dig sensory bin ;)

To make one for your little ones, be sure to include some of these tools.

More specifically, here’s the lowdown on what I used to make this super cool dinosaur dig sensory bin for little Miss V:

  1. assorted dry beans: I used black-eyed peas, large lima beans, split peas, & pinto beans (these are the rocks)
  2. brown glass beads (more rocks – different texture)
  3. plastic dinosaurs
  4. popsicle sticks (digger & excavator)
  5. rake (digger & excavator)
  6. plastic soap holder (sorter)
  7. egg carton (sorter)
  8. sifter
  9. measuring cup (sorter & measurer)
  10. cardboard plant pot (sorter)
  11. plastic container (specimen jar)

and voilà – it’s a Dinosaur Dig Sensory Bin! :)

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  1. Hi, I am just discovering these sensory bins. My son is 2.5 years old. Is he too old for these? Do you save these and bring them out again?

    • Hey Amy!! My little miss is 2 3/4 (she turns 3 in NOV :) & I definitely don’t think he is to old. Sensory bins are used in preschool & kindergarten all the time (I even love playing around in them with her :) I do save them. I store everything separately – for example, for this particular bin, I will store the beans in a large zip-lock & most likely reuse them for other bins. I then will separate the tools into a different area to use for other bins & baggie up the misc objects like the dinos. If your son is anything like my little gal this will occupy him for a great deal of time (well, toddler time that is ;). He will probably even sit for a longer time too because it will be his first bin. When I introduce a new bin to V she will sit for a good 45min – 1 hr at a time playing with it. Make sure you add lots of containers & scoops (they LOVE sorting & separating :)
      Hope this super LONG reply helps you in your sensory bin explorations!!

      xx ♥ m

  2. I really like this sensory bin. I’m featuring it on this week’s Sunday Showcase.

  3. Fantastic sensory bin! I love all the elements you included. Thanks for linking up to The Sunday Showcase.

  4. Your sensory bin came out great! I love all of the different colors and textures. The glass beads threw me for a moment…I could not figure out what they were until I read your description. They are very shiny and pretty. I hope you will stop by and link this post to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3.

    : 0 ) Theresa

    • Hey there Theresa!

      Thanks for your kind words & for stopping by today!
      I love, love, love using the glass beads, V loves them too, she usually picks them out of the mix & separates them :)
      I’m headed on over to you now to link up :)

      xx ♥ m


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