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This year during our homeschool preschool and pre-kindergarten, I thought I would try out some sensory bins. I make no guarantees that I will do one each week or that I will do them all year for two reasons. One I do not know if the girls will like them. Two I do not know if I will like doing them. 🙂
During the fourth week, we worked on learning about the letter “D.” To find items for our Letter D Sensory Bin I raided the girls’ toys, my craft supplies, and our school supplies.
Letter D Sensory Bin is a messy bin but the base is edible! I laid a plastic tablecloth over the girls’ table and placed the bin on top of it to help minimize the mess. I used coconut flour, cocoa powder, and unsweetened shredded coconut to make edible dirt. Awhile ago I messed up my Amazon Subscribe and Save order. I accidentally ordered not one but TWO cases of coconut flour. While we use a far amount of coconut we don’t use two cases worth. LOL!
Letter D Sensory Bin
- Plastic bin with lid
- 1/2 bag unsweetened shredded coconut
- 4 cups of coconut flour
- 1/2-3/4 cups of cocoa powder
- Plastic dogs
- Plastic dolphins
- Rubber or plastic dinosaurs
- Plastic letter D’s capital and lowercase
- Diamond shaped buttons (assorted button shapes from Hobby Lobby)
- Plastic duck
- Plastic dragonflies
- Fabric or plastic daisies
- Plastic damselfly
- Plastic deer
- Fine motor tool set
- In a bowl mix coconut flour and cocoa powder together. Add enough cocoa powder to give your dirt a nice light brown color. Stir in half the bag of unsweetened shredded coconut. Pour into bin. Depending on the size of your bin you might need to make more in order to cover the bottom of the bin.
- Add in the plastic toys, letters and dates.
- Give plastic fine motor tool set to your child to use while exploring the bin.
The girls had a blast exploring their Letter D Sensory Bin and tasting the dirt. I honestly believe their favorite part of this bin was the dirt and the fact that they could eat it. They used their hands to dig around and find the toys, the fine motor tool set to scoop, grab, and pinch up each item. They also counted the different kinds of items, counted the total number of items in the bin, and tried stacking the items.
The first time the girls started exploring their letter “D” sensory bin, I read The Dragon ABC Hunt from our Tot School Letter D Books list. During the rest of the week, we listen to music genres or instruments that begin with the letter “D”.
Be sure to stop by my Homeschool Sensory Exploration page where I link all of our sensory bins. And if you are looking for more homeschool activities, make sure you check out my Homeschool page which contains links to our book lists, art & crafts, and math & science.
Have you ever tried a letter D themed sensory bins with your kids?
Have a great day!
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