Hands-On Making Constellations Sensory Bin

Space is one theme you can do at almost any time. There is always something you can do. It can be as simple as walking outside and looking at the moon and stars.

My girls have been interested stars for a long time. My husband put stars on their ceiling in their room, and they love it. It is fun to see them look at the stars there at night when the lights are turned out.

I thought it would be fun to bring that love stars out for them.

Hands-On Making Constellations Sensory Bin - a fun way to build and read about the stars - 3Dinosaurs.com

One of our favorite books about the stars has been Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations. We have a love of animals themes here. This is a great book because it has the animal stories in it.

We had fun with this constellation sensory bin because it was a great fine motor and sensory all at the same time. The rocks were great for a small weight on the fingers and worked on the grasping. It was an easy way to work on fine motor skills while having fun.

What you need for this activity:

Hands-On Making Constellations Sensory Bin - a fun way to build and read about the stars - 3Dinosaurs.com

My older girls can read the books all on their own now. So they read the stories out loud first. It was a good way for me to check their reading and pronunciation. For my youngest, I read the stories to her.

After they read the story on the page, they made the matching animal constellation in the bin.

They made the constellations two different ways. They each had their choice of how they would do it.

The first way was the just made the constellation in the bin and match as best as they could to the picture. This gave them thoughts about space and how they would make it all fit in the bin.

Hands-On Making Constellations Sensory Bin - a fun way to build and read about the stars - 3Dinosaurs.com

The second way we did it was to first match the rocks to the page and then put it in the bin. The second way had more fine motor movements and still was fun. My youngest loves to put some type of action on the page while she is reading. We did a similar activity with 10 Black Dots.

Hands-On Making Constellations Sensory Bin - a fun way to build and read about the stars - 3Dinosaurs.com

We also talked about the different names each animal has. The story is about the great bear and how that is Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. We also talked about how they are a part of the big dipper and little dipper.

Hands-On Making Constellations Sensory Bin - a fun way to build and read about the stars - 3Dinosaurs.com

There is a great map at the back of the book of the stars for the northern and southern hemispheres. This is book and bin is great for all the space love kids out there.

Check out the other space and star themed activities:

Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com

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.
This entry was posted in fine motor, sensory bin and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.