This Sea Turtle Life Cycle Sensory Bin is an easy hands-on way to study these remarkable creatures. Kids can explore science with their senses while they learn how sea turtles are born and live.
My friend Jamie who lives in Florida volunteers to check on nests and make protected trenches for the baby sea turtles in her area. It’s been so interesting to see her pictures and videos and hear about her experiences. While we may not live anywhere near the ocean, that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn about this amazing phenomenon ourselves.
A few facts to get you started:
The mother turtles dig holes in the sand or mud to create a nest which they lay their eggs in. They then bury the eggs to protect them.
Less than 1% of the eggs survive and make it to the sea. Some do not fully develop, but most fall victim to predators. Once the hatchlings emerge from their shell, they must dig their way out of the hole and make it to the ocean.
Racoons, crabs, birds, fish, fire ants, dogs, lizards, and coyotes are among the main predators of the eggs and young offspring.
Sea Turtle Life Cycle Sensory Bin:
We saw sea turtles at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on a road trip and our kids were fascinated. We also had the opportunity to see protected areas of sea turtle nests on the beach in Florida on another trip. There, we attended an information evening teaching us about conservation efforts. Education is always the first step towards conservation so the more you teach your kids, the better.
This sensory bin may spark the beginning of an interest for them in learning more.
- sand or kinetic sand
- Sea Turtle Life Cycle pack
- Fill a small container with sand or kinetic sand.
- Add some rocks.
- Place the figures from the Sea Turtle Life Cycle pack in the sand.
- Encourage play.
This sensory bin is great for use at home or in the classroom while doing a unit study. It enables kids to reenact what they are learning. Using more of their senses and learning through play allows for better retention. What may seem like a simple activity can allow kids to cement their knowledge and make it more real.
This sensory play activity includes small parts. As with any children’s activity, adult supervision is required.
Resources for Learning about Sea Turtles:
If you want to further your study, here are some resources to delve deeper and expand your knowledge about sea turtles.
Life Cycle of a Green Sea TurtleSea Life Green Sea TurtleKinetic SandRealistic Sea Turtle Plastic FigurinesSea Turtle with Babies Building SetSea Turtle Life Cycle Guide Laminated CardThe Life Cycle of a Sea TurtleFrom Egg to Sea TurtleThe Life of a Sea Turtle
- Sea Turtle Life Cycle and Nesting Locations
- Sea Turtle Lifecycle Interactive Diagram
- Green Sea Turtle Facts (includes an open sea cam)
- A Sea Turtle’s Life Cycle Explained Video (short, but quite informative)
- Sea Turtle Life Cycle Video (animated – Australia)
- Make a Sea Turtle Life Cycle Craft out of WikkiSticks
- Sea Turtle Life Cycle Worksheets (free)
- Sea Turtle Life Cycle Printable Pack (free)
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