If you can’t make it to the beach this summer, bring the beach to your own backyard with this ocean theme preschool sensory bin. Plus, see all our fun ocean kids’ activities here.
Going to the ocean is an awesome experience for kids, especially if they’ve never been before.
There are countless opportunities for sensory play for kids at the beach.
There’s the sand, the water, the shells, the smell of salt in the air and maybe even some wind or seaweed.
In short, it gives children the opportunity to use all of their senses and experience a whole new adventure.
The only problem is we don’t all live close enough to the beach to take our kids whenever we’d like.
If you aren’t able to visit the ocean regularly, your kids will love playing with this ocean themed sensory bin.
Read on below to see how easy it is to set up in the comfort of your backyard!
Ocean Theme Preschool Sensory Play
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Ocean Sensory Play Supplies
- Sensory Table
- Plastic Ocean Animal Toys
- Small Pieces of Driftwood
- Play Sand
- Blue Food Coloring
Sand & Water Sensory Bin Directions
Pour play sand on one side of the sensory table.
Mix cool water with a few drops of blue food coloring. (This will not stain hands but you may want to put them in play clothes to prevent their clothes from possibly staining)
Slowly pour the water on the other side of the sensory table (It’s very important that you do this step slowly to prevent the sand and water mixing and becoming mud)
Add plastic ocean animal toys to the water.
Add seashells and pieces of driftwood to the sand.
There are pretty much endless ways to play with this beach sensory bin.
If you’re simply looking to occupy your kids while you take a few moments to yourself, let them have free play and do whatever they want.
If instead, you want a more structured approach, talk with your children about the names of each of the ocean animals and discuss each animal’s habitat, food source and unique characteristics they possess.
You can also use this opportunity to teach your children how to be good stewards of their environment, including the ocean.
Discuss how pollution affects plants and animals in the ocean and how your child can help reduce it.
However you decide to use this ocean sensory bin, your children will have a blast learning, discovering and playing with this fun beach activity!