Dinosaur Pretend Play Sensory Activity for Little Kids

collage of dinosaur sensory bin images with text: Dinosaur Pretend Play Sensory Activity for PreschoolersThere were quite a few activities that we added to our Dinosaur Dig theme. You know, because who doesn’t love all things prehistoric? This mama and her little guy definitely do!

preschooler playing with dinosaur toys in sand sensory bin
One of the favorites that we kept coming back to throughout the month were our two sensory bins. We have the Ikea Flisat Children’s Table and it makes it so easy to create activities to go along with our curriculum.

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If you’re interested in how we put together two very different prehistoric sensory bins, then definitely keep reading. I’ll share one in this post and one in the next post. And when you put them together, they’re all kinds of awesome.

Dinosaur Sensory Bin

What you’ll need

Here’s how to do it

  • Pour the sand into the activity tub or other small container.
  • Toss in the blue gemstones and the dinos.
  • Encourage your little kids to create their own prehistoric small world.

How’s that for quick & easy? And of course if you’ve been around for a while, then you already know that’s exactly how we do sensory activities around here. I have enough stuff already that, more often than not, we can just grab what we need, put it all together, and be ready to rock and roll in a matter of minutes.

preschooler playing pretend with dinosaur figurines in sensory bin
What’s so great about sensory activities is that they’re almost always open-ended, which gives little kids the time and space they need to be creative.

preschooler playing with small dinosaur figurine in sensory bin
It’s not unusual for me to set up a few of these bins and let him come and go as he pleases. And of course they’re great for when I’m working since he’s almost always in the studio with me.

preschooler exploring dinosaur sensory bin
The little guy loved our prehistoric sensory activities and we basically left them out all month. Thankfully, our Ikea Flisat Children’s Table includes covers, so that we can still use it for making stuff too.

preschooler picking up small stone from dinosaur sensory bin
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our It’s A Small World theme. And if you missed our preschool space post, you can check it out here.

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collage of dinosaur sensory bin images with text: Dinosaur Dig Sensory Activity for Little Kids