Although Earth Day has come and gone, our Earth Day activities continue. Later this week we have Liam’s Potter Park Zoo F.A.L.C.O.N.E.R.S club meeting, which has an Earth Day theme. This is the Earth Day sensory bin I set up for him last week.
Material & Manipulatives
I’m inclined to say this bin was super easy to put together but I know I got really lucky finding some of the cool stuff used. The base is Annie’s Mac & Trees pasta. It consists of Earth, sun, trees, and the recycle symbol. I think I used four boxes for this bin. The tiny Earth globes were keychains I found at a yard sale last summer. I think these are originally found on Oriental Trading Company’s site. The trash and recycle bins are from the Dollar Tree and were Liam’s favorite part. The cards are part of a recycle sticker sorting game I also found at the Dollar Tree. I put the stickers on left-over cardstock so we could reuse them. I included pipe cleaners so Liam could lace the green recycle charms. Those were also found at a yard sale and I remember she said she bought them from a company in Jackson, MI but unfortunately I cannot remember the place to save my life. Super helpful. I’m aware. I actually bought an insane amount of cutsie themed charms from the lady.
How We Played & Learned
This is self-explanatory but for the sake of redundancy, here ya go. Liam sorted the sticker cards into the trash bin and recycle bin. This wasn’t at all challenging for him because I taught him the difference when he was 2 years old. Taking out the trash and recycling is actually part of his responsibilities. But to throw a curve ball, we talked about composting some food by-products. He laced the recycle charms and the noodles. (HA! HA!) This bin was more for conversational purposes, not so much skills.