Today’s activity goes with the book Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies: Take-Along Guide. Since we have some bug lovers at our house it’s always fun to learn about new insects, bugs, and caterpillars. Having some hands-on fun outdoors like going on an impromptu bug hunt may not always be possible if it’s raining outside so a fun indoor alternative is a Butterfly Sensory Bin.
You will only need a few simple things for this fun activity that is sure to please your bug loving preschooler!
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My insect loving guy will be turning 3 in August but has always been one who loves fine motor and sensory activities. He loves investigating things with mom like what new bug might be in our butterfly garden or what new creepy crawly is under a log or rock.
I set up the butterfly sensory bin in under 5 minutes and Lil’ Red set right to work exploring what was inside. I presented the sensory bin with three different types of tongs on the outside edge of the plastic jar. I asked him if he could use the tongs to rescue the butterflies. He quickly went right to work digging into the grass filled plastic pretzel jar.
He loved finding all the butterflies but did so very quickly. I took lots of pictures but not many were in focus due to his quick work. He ditched the tongs and decided to use his hands to rescue a few more butterflies.
I am sure we will be playing with our butterfly sensory bin all Summer long as we discover new Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies from the book or when our Praying Mantis’ are big enough to observe close up!
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