Dino Dig Sensory Bin

Plastic bin filled with colored sand and plastic dinosaurs for sensory play

Dino Dig Sensory Bin: Fostering future archaeologists

Sensory Bin: Dino Dig

A lot of the little boys we work with love dinosaurs, so naturally, a dino-themed bin had to happen. I already have a sand play bin with gems in it so I wanted to go for a different texture for this bin. You can use anything you want in a sensory bin, that is part of the fun and creativity of it. Maybe have your child help you pick what they would like to see in one and design your own. Other ideas for this basic bin: Beach bin, dino bones instead of full dino figures, add in a shovel/pail. This is a dry bin, to see a wet bin, check out my post about our Aquatic Exploration Sensory Bin.

Want other sensory bin ideas? Check out my idea post all about different bins and how to make one yourself!

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Supplies.

Here are all of the supplies I used in this bin:

Dinos.

To make this one I went to one of our local craft stores, Michaels, and found a great baggy of little dinos. I wish there had been more in it (there was only 7) but I later found these tubes on Amazon with far more in it!

The first one looks a little prettier, is BPA free, has two different sized dinosaurs, and still comes with more than I initially used but the price is much higher. The second has 72 dinos but the quality doesn’t look as great. If you just want a ton of dinos for this and loads of other games, then the first one might be a good choice.

Personally, I would rather have more dinosaurs for other things and simply to have extra. Some kids love the sensory bins so much they will have a little meltdown when it is time to leave. I often send them off with whichever dino was their favorite in the bin and it often does the trick to dry those tears.

Filler.

I also crept into our local dollar store and found these little baggies of decorative vase filler for $1 each:

Personally, I would rather have more dinosaurs for other things and simply to have extra. Some kids love the sensory bins so much they will have a little meltdown when it is time to leave. I often send them off with whichever dino was their favorite in the bin and it often does the trick to dry those tears.

I also crept into our local dollar store and found these little baggies of decorative vase filler for $1 each. I chose black and blue so I could make “water” and some wild looking earth.

Assembly.

The assembly is pretty straightforward on these, dump the filler into either side.

I ran my finger in a wave pattern through the line to make it look more like water. Next, grab your little dinosaurs and get them set up in there:

Your kiddo might want to pick which ones to use/play with and let their imagination run wile. Don’t be surprised if it looks like this after:

Now your child can pretend to be an archaeologist and dig them out!

Why I like this.

This filler feels really nice to sift through your hands and scoop up while trying to find the little figures and it works fine motor skills to pincer grasp the figures, motor planning skills to correctly dig and find them and you could always add in some receptive and expressive speech skills into games with this by asking them to find a certain dino or what color the dino they are using is, have them describe the sensation of the pebbles, etc.

Some children are sensory seekers are really benefit from time with a bin, others might not like certain tactile sensations so slowly introducing them with a bin can help them get used to the feeling and understand it better.

What do you or your child like to put in sensory bins?

Happy Dino Digs everyone!

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