Animals in Winter Sensory Bin

Winter is a great time to explore different themes. We have always loved looking for animals and animal tracks in winter. It is also fun to talk about which animals are around in winter and which are not.

I love using sensory bins to explore new things. We always have a sensory bin around. Yes, my girls are old but we still use them. They are great for calming down and a great go-to when they say they are bored.

This animals in winter sensory bin is a great way to look at tracks and have some fun.

Animals in Winter Sensory Bin - a fun sensory bin to explore animals tracks and the animals awake in winter. - 3Dinosaurs.com

We read the book Over and Under the Snow. It is one of my favorite about winter. It shows some of the animals awake and you get to see some of the tracks of the animals. Another good book to read is Animals in Winter. Each of the books is great to read about animals in winter and why some animals are not around.

What you need for this sensory bin:

Animals in Winter Sensory Bin - a fun sensory bin to explore animals tracks and the animals awake in winter. - 3Dinosaurs.com

How we used this sensory bin

One of the first things my girls did when they saw the sensory bin was grabbed the sand and start to make it pretend to snow in the bin. They would hold the sand up and slowly let it fall from their hands.

Animals in Winter Sensory Bin - a fun sensory bin to explore animals tracks and the animals awake in winter. - 3Dinosaurs.com

After they finished with the pretend snowstorm, they packed down the sand. I love that the sand will pack down and stay in shapes. It is one reason I use it in sensory bins.

Animals in Winter Sensory Bin - a fun sensory bin to explore animals tracks and the animals awake in winter. - 3Dinosaurs.com

Then we had fun making animals tracks. One nice thing about the Nature Toob is that the animal’s feet look just like the real ones and leave great tracks. We had fun doing single lines of tracks and mixing up the trace. After you make the tracks you can compare the difference in them.

Animals in Winter Sensory Bin - a fun sensory bin to explore animals tracks and the animals awake in winter. - 3Dinosaurs.com

Next, we made balls of the sand in our hands and them put a single animal in the center. We did all the animals just to see what a single set of tracks looked like.

Animals in Winter Sensory Bin - a fun sensory bin to explore animals tracks and the animals awake in winter. - 3Dinosaurs.com

You can see how well the rabbit tracks show up in the sand. They show the big and small of the front and back.

Animals in Winter Sensory Bin - a fun sensory bin to explore animals tracks and the animals awake in winter. - 3Dinosaurs.com

The best part about this sensory bin is that you can just play in it. They are always fun to leave out for when kids in a break and gives fun sensory play at the same time.

Animals in Winter Sensory Bin - a fun sensory bin to explore animals tracks and the animals awake in winter. - 3Dinosaurs.com

If you wanted to have some fun you can add the animals that hibernate and bury them in the sand to show that they are sleeping.

Check out these other winter animal activites and printables.


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About Cassie

Cassie is a mom of three stomping, romping, and roaring girls. She blogs about fun art and craft activities and printables she makes. She includes the odd review of products every now and then. She also blogs about the places that she has taken the girls called trip reviews. She has a few free printable pack for kids ages 2 to 8 and always adding more. She loves to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.
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