Wild Thing likes bees - it initially came from his love for Winnie the Pooh who always gets chased by bees as he tries to get honey. We have several Pooh books that we read (many with plots related to bees and honey).
Then, he saw a Thomas the Train video where Thomas looses the bees they need to make honey and has to lure them back with flowers. I discovered that this concept stayed with him when we did our Earth Day Scent-sory bin back in April.
With all of his interest in bees, I decided to make him a Bees Sensory Bin and to get some bee books from the library: UnBEElievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings and What If There Were No Bees? by Suzanne Slade were his favorites.
The Bees Sensory Bin truly has elements for all of the five senses:
- Smell - Lavender
- Taste - Honey Sticks (He loved tasting the honey).
- Touch - Dried Black Beans (that feel slick), Yellow Pom Poms (that feel soft), Black Pipe Cleaners (with their unique feel) and the Lavender and Corn Meal were also interesting for Wild Thing to touch.
- Sight - All of the colors and the vibrant flowers (cut out from a postcard we received that had several different flowers on it).
- Sound - Wild Thing made buzzing bee sounds as he explored the sensory bin.
I also put some yellow pony beads in the bin and made one sample bee from the black pipe cleaner and yellow beads. Initially, Wild Thing gave up very quickly on making on himself. But, on another day, he spied the sensory bin on the kitchen counter, took his chair over and made a bee for himself (a great activity for developing fine motor skills).
Our Bee Sensory Bin also led us to create some interesting art using the honey sticks - we used them to paint and glue. I loved how the cornmeal looked like pollen, especially on the pink flower.
|We painted the heart together because Pooh loves honey.|
Of course, he also loved eating the honey again too!
Oh - and so Wild Thing's little brother wouldn't feel left out (and didn't end up putting dried black beans in his mouth), I made a simple, edible Bee Bin for the Baby (that's a lot of B's). The Baby version has raisins and popcorn.
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