This easy arctic sensory bin is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, and doesn’t require much prep or planning!
When recreating snowy climates in a sensory bin, you have a few options. Glass gems, frozen shaving cream, fake snow, and pom-poms to name a few. We’ve done our fair share of those, but I’ve got to be honest – this week, I just didn’t have it in me to put together an elaborate arctic sensory bin.
Especially considering we were doing several other bins for our animal habitat unit study. So, ice cubes it was! It makes for some super easy sensory play, and it’s especially awesome during the warmer months.
Now, a better name for this sensory bin would be: Imaginary Icy/Snowy-Land Sensory Bin. Why? Because even though I’ve watched dozens of nature documentaries with my kids, I somehow missed that polar bears and penguins have never met in real life, except maybe at a few zoos.
So, I kept the name arctic sensory bin, and my son played with it this way, but someone on Instagram kindly let me know that penguins don’t live in the arctic! They don’t live in the south pole either! They live in Antarctica! It’s a common misconception, so that made me feel a little better. Ha!
For my 3-year-old, it wasn’t a big deal. I correct and move on. If your child is older, or you want to be correct, pick a different combination of animals, for sure!
WHILE YOU’RE PLANNING YOUR ANIMAL HABITATS THEME:
- Check out my Animal Habitats Unit here. (Use code HABITAT25 for 25% off) If you join my Preschool Program Membership, you’ll get a major discount on all past Unit Studies, and 2 brand new units included each month!
- Here are 25 Animal Activities for your Preschooler’s Habitat theme!
- Here’s a list of Animal Books for your Animal Habitat Unit Study.
- Here are 25 Animal Habitat Crafts for your Preschooler
- Here’s a list of 16 Fun & Delicious Animal-Themed Snacks for your Kids
Animal Habitat Activities & Crafts We’ve Done at the Moore Homestead:
- How to Make a Paper Bag Nest
- Make a Bear Cave Craft
- How to Make a Rainforest Terrarium with Kids
- Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeders
- Animal Habitat Invitation to Play
- Paper Plate Lion Craft
- Owl Paper Bag Puppet Craft for Kids
- Desert Sensory Bin
- Forest Sensory Bin
- Ocean Sensory Bin
Animal Habitat Facts for your Preschooler:
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Arctic Sensory Bin
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