This adorable ladybug life cycle sensory bin is a great addition to an insect study, ladybug study, or preschool classroom. You can set it up for your child at home or students in the classroom and invite them to explore. Whenever you can add a sensory activity into learning, it increases the amount of information children can retain. Sensory bins are a simple way to do this and as kids discover through their senses, they can ask questions which will increase their learning.
Ladybug Life Cycle Sensory Bin:
- plastic bin
- rice dyed green >> read how to dye rice for sensory play
- ladybug life cycle pack
- plastic leaves
- magnifying glass
- Dye the rice (read the full instructions here) and let it dry overnight.
- Pour the green rice into a plastic bin.
- Place the other items into the bin.
- Invite your child or students to play and discover.
This sensory bin contains small parts. Adult supervision should always be used when kids play.
Life Stages of a Ladybug:
- adult ladybug
Activities to Expand on Your Ladybug Study:
- Observe ladybugs in nature.
- Download and print off this ladybug life cycle printable.
- Set out books about ladybugs and other insects.
- Make and hang suncatcher decorations to go along with your theme.
- Create a craft out of a paper plate.
- Use these life cycle sequencing cards.
- Print and colour these ladybug life cycle pages.
Kids will engage their visual, tactile, and proprioceptive sensory systems by playing in this sensory bin. You can also add something for the olfactory (smell) system by scenting the rice using essential oil.
Resources for Learning About Ladybugs:
Ladybug Life Cycle PackLadybug Life Cycle Reversible Hand PuppetLadybug Land with Live LarvaeThe Grouchy Ladybug by Eric CarleLife Story of a LadybugColor the Life Cycle of a Ladybug, Cricket, Butterfly, Honey Bee, and a FrogLadybugs
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