INSIDE: Hide the Penguins Sensory Bin is a fun and easy winter sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers. Let your little one hide the penguins in snow this winter. Hide them, dig them out repeat! So much fun and a great indoor winter activity!
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How to Set Up Hide the Penguins Sensory Bin
This adorable sensory bin is super easy to set. Grab your sensory bin. Place your muffin tin on one end and fill the rest with real snow. No snow? No problem. You have a few options: you can use white rice as your sensory bin filler or you can make fake snow. I have 5 super easy recipes here that all only use 2 common household ingredients. Add spoons or scoopers or measuring cups or even a shovel for digging in the snow.
Place your penguins in the snow and invite your little one to hide them in the holes of the muffin tin and cover them with snow to hide them! So fun and easy but irresistible to toddlers and preschoolers!
How they Played with the Hide the Penguins Sensory Bin
The learning in this simple sensory bin activity is incredible. First off the scooping or shovelling is great for fine and gross motor skills. There is also problem solving skills involved in this activity. Trying to figure out the best way to cover the penguin if a beak or flipper pokes out.
Turn this sensory bin in a learning opportunity
You can extend the learning with this sensory bin and write numbers in the muffin tin and invite your little one to hide that number of penguins in that section of the muffin tin. To make the numbers I used dot stickers.
You can do from 1 to 6 even if you don’t have enough penguins toys to bury them all at the same time. They can bury as many as they can and then dig them up again to count and bury the next set of numbers.
Total hit with my crew!! Lots of conversations with this as they talked about what they were doing!
This activity is great for kids 2 years and up. My kids are 3.5, 3.5, and 7.5 year old.
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- Sensory bin or sensory table and sensory table bins
- Penguin fingurines
- Real snow or Fake Snow (find fake snow recipes here)
- Muffin tin
- Shovel or spoons
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