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Celebrating the holidays with a toddler is a blast. Everything is so new and exciting to him! Easter is no exception. Easter egg hunts, dyeing eggs, visiting the Easter bunny and even playing with those plastic Easter eggs truly make the holiday memorable. I mean, he may not remember this, but it sure makes it fun for me.
The only problem I have with holidays is that they seem to come and go so quickly. I feel like I’m left with holiday-related items that can only be used once a year- like the fake grass you put in your child’s Easter basket.
I buy the stuff every year because I get lazy and end up tossing it. Even if I splurge and buy the recyclable Easter grass, it still seems pretty wasteful.
So, this year I’ve decided to repurpose it into a fun sensory bin that my toddler can play with for the rest of the year. This Insect Find Sensory Box is simple to make, entertaining for toddlers and an easy way to repurpose that leftover Easter basket grass.
Cute & Simple Insect Find Sensory Bin
My toddler is fascinated with insects. He watched a praying mantis that decided to perch on our kitchen window all morning. As much as I want to encourage his interest in these creepy crawling living things, I don’t necessarily want them up close… in the house.
So, I figured these pretend bugs will satisfy some of that curiosity. I also picked up this great book, Bugs A to Z. It has all different kinds of bugs inside. We looked at the pictures together and went off to try to find the matching bugs inside our sensory bin.
What you’ll need:
- bin (I used a tupperware container)
- pretend insects
- dried black beans (you can substitute actual dirt, rice, or even sand. I tend to favor beans since they are a lot easier to clean up!)
- leftover Easter grass *optional
- magnifying glass *optional
- tweezers *optional
How to play:
- Pour the beans, grass and insects inside a bin, let your toddler have fun exploring the tiny world of insects using his magnifying glass and tweezers.
- There are a few different ways to encourage your toddler to sort the insects.
- number of legs
- wings or no wings
- Try to match the insects up to the pictures in the book Bugs A to Z.
Here are the supplies I used…