Outer Space Sensory Exporation Bin + 1 For Baby Too!
I made my 3 year old a fun Outer Space Sensory Exploration Play Activity yesterday. He received moon sand from my mom awhile back and was looking for ideas of different ways he could play with it. While I was putting it together, he had a very hard time being patient- he couldn’t wait to play with everything he was seeing! I tried to finish while he was taking his nap because I like to see his little face light up when he gets his “surprise.”
Outer Space Sensory Bin
Here’s what I put in it:
- moon sand- Spinmaster Moon Sand Castle Play Set, Michael’s has non-themed ones for cheaper- combine with 40-50% off coupon, or make your own moon sand
- superballs- planets
- crumpled tinfoil
- astronaut toys had on hand
- those plastic things toys come in when you buy things from those quarter machines at stores/restaurants- spaceships
- star shaped beads
- fork- my son went in the drawer and got it!
- ice cream scooper- for making craters, make indentations with backside of scooper
- shovel and miscellaneous other things to dig and scoop with rocks- moon rocks
Things I wish I had on hand to put in it:
- toy aliens
- toy rockets
- toy spaceships
Some of the activities we did beside making craters are: counting the tinfoil and star beads and placing them into the pretend spaceships, I hid all the stars and he had to dig until he found all 13, and made craters. The ice cream scooper was the biggest hit- he made a ton of moon ice cream!
Baby Sensory Play Bin
Baby Sister got to play with her very own Planets and Stars Sensory Bin too! This was a big hit and kept her busy for quite awhile. Her big brother thought it was so cool that his little sister got her own one to play with. At one point she dumped the box over and then she was chasing planets and reaching for the stars….. lol!
Check out this week’s Smart Summer Challenge– Outer Space Week!
Sounds like they had fun. Glad he liked the moon dough.<br /><br />XOXO
Love the one for baby! =)
Love your sensory bins! I just did a space one too, fun to see what others come up with.
Here via red Ted Art. Love this activity and idea. We are a space loving family and my daughter can play with a sensory bin like this for hours!
Love, love, love that you made a sensory box for the little one too! That ice cream scoop looks like tons of fun for the moon sand, we’ll have to add one to our sand box for our moon sand play! Thanks for linking up and sharing with the Smart Summer Challenge : ) -MaryLea (pink and green mama)
The baby basket is too adorable for words! I also love the idea of using the containers the quarter toys come in.
I love seing these sensory baskets – I love the space theme!
So much fun for baby to join in. We've been playing with outer space playdough today – will be on the blog soon, if you'd like to see. Thanks for joining in with the Play Academy 🙂
Great idea for Space! I've putting together a sensory bin for my 6-year-old with the Space theme for times when he needs a little down-time during school-time. Thanks for the ideas! Stopping by from The Sunday Showcase!
I just love your outer space sensory play! What a creative idea for a space theme! Something I have not seen before. Thank you for sharing on It’s Playtime
what fun bins perfect sensory play! I like the idea of the moon sand – we had some over the holidays it was quite the mess. Like this being contained. Thanks for linking this up to the Sunday Showcase!Hope to see you link up this weekend on the Sunday Showcase. Looking forward to seeing what you have to share. Bernadette
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