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.

Simple Bug themed sensory bin ideal for toddlers and preschoolers to work on fine motor skills as well as a little bug exploring at the same time.

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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Materials Needed:

Preschool Tongs

Plastic Bugs or Butterflies

Sensory Filler like Green Grass

Plastic Tub or empty pretzel container

Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies: Take-Along Guide

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.

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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.

Simple Bug themed sensory bin ideal for toddlers and preschoolers to work on fine motor skills as well as a little bug exploring at the same time.

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.Simple Bug themed sensory bin ideal for toddlers and preschoolers to work on fine motor skills as well as a little bug exploring at the same time.

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!

Simple Bug themed sensory bin ideal for toddlers and preschoolers to work on fine motor skills as well as a little bug exploring at the same time.


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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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