This month we’re back participating in the Poppins Book Nook (a virtual book club connecting books with art projects and learning activities). This month’s theme is “The Great Outdoors,” so we picked a fun nature book and I put together this fun forest animals themed sensory bin!
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Poppins Book Nook is a monthly virtual book club consisting of over 40 bloggers, creating book related activities for kids of all ages. Check out the links below to see what the other bloggers are doing this month. You can find all of our fun activities on my Poppins Book Nook page or check out our recent crafts: a Lion Craft with straw painting and these cute Bird Feeders!
This forest animals sensory bin was inspired by the book Into the Woods: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George
My daughter and the daycare girls LOVE this book. The illustrations are beautiful and each page offers a small clue about the habitat or life of the animals that is about to be reviewed. The girls would study the questions (” an empty nest, who’s been there?”) and the illustrations on each page then try to guess what animal would be on the next page!
To extend the learning from this book we played with this fun Forest Animals Sensory Bin!
Materials we used:
- Green Dried Beans or Rice (I used Split Peas)
- Blue Glass Gems (or use Water beads!)
- Safari LTD North American Wildlife TOOB
- Playmobil Forest Animal Park
Just place your beans and gems in an empty sensory bin then throw in some forest animals and you’re ready to go! I had planned to just used the North American Wildlife TOOB and the Trees TOOB but MB has been obsessed with her Playmobil Forest Animal Park (she got it for Christmas last year) so I used it rather than using the Trees TOOB.
Our forest is very busy! Lots of animals to play and explore with! A Grizzly, beaver, deer, raccoon, squirrel and more!
The animals catching some fish and hanging out by the water.
And watch out for that cougar! 😉
Want more outdoor themed books and activities? Check out what the other co-hosts have created: