Insects Sensory Bin - Taste Safe
You are going to love this Insects Sensory Bin - perfect for toddlers as it is taste safe (we know how much they love to put things in their mouths!). Our sensory bin collection is always popular and this insect sensory bin will definitely be a great addition. This insect theme is perfect to pair with some of our favorite toddler books like the ones below.
My daughter has been sick with a nasty cold all this week. As a result, we have spent more time on our couch than we normally do. We have been reading books, painting and watching more Daniel tiger than I would like to admit.
I wanted to spice things up and cheer my little one up, but after a few sleepless nights, I didn't feel like preparing any fancy activities for my toddler. Instead, I decided to modify our favorite taste safe mud recipe to make her a fun sensory bin.
My daughter loves sensory play and it really helps her calm down when she is in a bad mood or she is just not feeling her best. And since she is completely obsessed with bugs and crawly creatures an insect sensory bin seemed like the perfect way to go.
Easy and Taste-safe Soil And Insects Sensory Bin
Making your own taste-safe soil takes only 5 minutes and you'll probably have everything you need in your kitchen counter. Toddlers love insects so adding some insect figurines will give the soil a fun twist!
What you need to make an insect sensory bin
- Play insect - we used these ones which are perfect for this age group.
- A large plastic bin
- Spoons, small containers and a pastry brush to extend the sensory play
- Ground Coffee
How To Make A Taste-safe Soil And Insects Sensory Bin
Step 1. Mix equal parts of flour and cornstarch. I used ½ cup of each.
Step 2. Add water until you get a mixture that is not too liquid and not too goopy. I used around 1 cup.
Step 3. Add 1-2 cups of ground coffee. The idea is to get a dough that you can make little balls with.
Step 4. Put the insect figurines in the bin and include a few items from the kitchen to extend the sensory play.
Step 5. Put the bin on top of a plastic or a table cloth and invite your toddler to explore.
Enjoy! This sensory bin provides countless opportunities for sensory exploration and it is sure to provide hours of fun to toddlers.
My daughter was fascinated with this sensory bin and the texture of the dough. She was busy for almost an hour. She started by covering the insects with the dough and cleaning them with a pastry brush. Then, she made mountains with some smaller plastic containers.
At the end, she asked me if she could put her feet inside. She got really excited when I said yes and she spent 20 minutes covering her feet with the dough.
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Isabel Arango is the owner of Uno Zwei Tutu - a multilingual parenting website full of great toddler and preschool activities, with a hands on Montessori approach. You can follow Isabel on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
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Wednesday 19th of February 2020
Hello! my baby puts everything in her mouth - is it safe for young babies to taste coffee?
Wednesday 20th of February 2019
Is the coffee fresh grounded or used, dried grounds?
Wednesday 20th of February 2019
You could use both, but I prefer to use dried old beans (instead of throwing them away)