Part of this summer we did a lot of collecting of rocks. A lot of the places that we visited had collect rocks you could buy in little bags. We got bag of rocks from various places. The girls wanted to do something fun to play with them. I made all the rocks plus some filler rocks into a Rock Sensory Bin.
All three had fun exploring the texture and colors of the rocks. We also read about some rocks in the book: Rocks, Fossils & Arrowheads (Take Along Guides). We talked about the different type of rocks that you can see. This was fun to read before hand so we knew about the different types of rocks.
We also read the book Everybody Needs a Rock (An Aladdin Book). This is a great ideas about picking out your own rock. We have grown to love this book. I really like #2 in the book. This makes for something fun while playing in the sensory bin and picking out rocks.
What you need: rocks of various sizes and colors and decorative filler black rocks.
My youngest started out just looking through the bin and exploring what kind of rocks she could see. She loved exploring the different textures of the rocks.
She then started sorting out some of the different rocks. She sorted them by color, similar rocks and colored vs the plain black color.
We did some simple what is the same and what is different with two different type of black rocks. We had shiny rocks and glossy rocks. It was fun to look at. We noted shape and size.
She sorted the rock in the bin. She had same colored rocks on one side and color or fancy rocks on the other side. Once they were all sorted she used the black rocks to cover the fancy rocks.
We also used the rocks from the bin to help fill in the dots on the lower case r is for Rock Dot marker page.
This was a really fun and simple sensory bin! She loved it a lot. Her older sister also like to play with the Rock Sensory Bin as well. They all took their turn and pulled out and sorting all the different colored rocks.
Also check out our extension from this activity in our Rock Zen Garden!
Check out these other simple sensory bins:
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