Earth Day Ocean Sort & Clean Up Sensory Bin

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INSIDE: Earth Day Ocean Clean Up & Sort Sensory Bin is a fun and easy sorting sensory bin activity for toddlers and preschoolers! Let your little one learn about the importance of keeping our oceans clean in this fun and easy to create earth Day water based sensory bin!

Earth Day Ocean Sort & Clean Up Sensory Bin

Oceans are Amazing

Did you know that around 97% of all water is in the oceans and that they cover around 71% of Earth’s surface. The biggest ocean is the Pacific Ocean. Did you also know that you can find mountains and even volcanoes on the bottom of the oceans? Im sure you did but does your toddler preschooler? Oceans are truly amazing their wellbeing is integral to the health of our planet. Giving out little ones a healthy dose of their awesomeness so that they too realize how important they are to our planet will go a long way to helping to protect them.

Once of the easiest ways we can protect our oceans is by not using plastic bottles! But thats not the only way. ways Every time we wash our car or fertilize our lawns we are polluting the ocean. We often think that water pollution comes from large industrial polluters, but most of marine pollution comes from everyday people, like you and I and one day our children doing everyday things. 

Earth Day Ocean Sort & Clean Up Sensory Bin

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Earth Day Ocean Sort & Clean Up Sensory Bin
Earth Day Ocean Sort & Clean Up Sensory Bin

Making the Pollution

Time to go recycling bin diving! Let your toddler or preschooler know that you are creating an ocean sensory bin but in this activity you are first going to pollute the ocean before cleaning it up. I didn’t get my 3 year olds to help me out with this one but I wish I had thought about it before.

Let them help you cut or tear the paper ‘pollution’ and cut the plastic ‘pollution’. Tear them into small squares.

Let your little one know why we recycle and that the best way to save our oceans is to reduce the waste we use or reuse it. If we can’t do those then we should try to recycle it.

Putting the Ocean Sort and Clean Up Sensory Bin Together

  1. Grab your sensory bin an fill it with water.
  2. Add a drop of two of blue food coloring.
  3. Include sea shells, rocks and greenery.
  4. Add a few ocean creatures.
  5. Add the paper and plastic ‘pollution’ into your clean pristine ocean.
  6. Grab a piece of masking tape and two bowls. Write paper and plastic on the tape and cut it out and stick it a label in front of each bowl.
Earth Day Ocean Sort & Clean Up Sensory Bin
Earth Day Ocean Sort & Clean Up Sensory Bin

How to Play with Ocean Sort and Clean Up Sensory Bin

Hand your little one a pair of tongs or tweezers and invite them to sort the paper and plastic items in to the correct bowl.

Earth Day Ocean Sort & Clean Up Sensory Bin
Earth Day Ocean Sort & Clean Up Sensory Bin
Earth Day Ocean Sort & Clean Up Sensory Bin

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  • Sensory Bin or Sensory Table
  • Clean Paper and Plastic garbage from your recycling bin
  • Scissors
  • Tong or tweezers
  • Water
  • Shells, Rocks and starfish
  • Under the sea Creatures
  • Blue glass pebbles


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