We have several beautiful swamp areas just a couple of miles from our farm that I thought would be perfect for the Nature Book Club “Water” theme for August. I wasn’t really sure what sort of activities we were going to do though, so I searched Pinterest. There were several sensory bin ideas that popped up in my search. Everett loves Sensory Bins. It doesn’t really matter what is in it, sand, water, or rice, he will play for hours. I know he would really love a swamp sensory bin!
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After reading Marshes & Swamps by Gail Gibbons, we set out one afternoon to observe and take some pictures of the swamps in our area. The swamp areas really are quite beautiful.
I usually put the bins together myself, but this time I thought it would be fun if Everett helped to gather the materials from our yard and then put it together. I did buy some dark colored sand, rocks, a package of rubber snakes, an alligator, and a small tub from the Dollar Tree, so this sensory bin cost about $5.00 to put together.
Before we went outside to gather the materials, we studied a photo of the swamp so we would know what types of items to collect from our yard. Everett gathered some grass, twigs, and rocks. We thought the clovers looked like lily pads!
We even had some help from a few of our feathered friends. These are our turkeys, they are very curious creatures. We also have 17 chickens & 3 Guinea Fowl.
Making a Swamp Sensory Bin
I gave Everett a pitcher of water and we set out all of the other items on the table. First, he had to play a bit with the snakes and alligator. Everett poured the sand in the tub, then the water.
Then Everett put in the grass, twigs, and rock. I just love his crinkled nose!
See how the clovers look like tiny lily pads!
And finally, the snakes and alligator! I do not think we actually have alligators in our swamps, but it is one of Everett’s favorite creatures so we had to add it!
And just as I thought, he played for quite a long time with his new swamp sensory bin!
For more Nature Book Club activities for August, check out the other co-hosts and their fun activities for this months theme:
Seasonal Pond Study and Printables from Barbara at Handbook of Nature Study
Swamp Sensory Bin from Jenny at Faith & Good Works
Pond Life Printable Pack from Emily at Table Life Blog
Aquatic Science Studies: 10 Activities for Teens from Eva at Eva Varga
Above and Below a Pond Unit Study and Lapbook from Tina at Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
Online Book Study about water cycle from Dachelle at Hide the Chocolate
STEAM Challenge – Does Water Ever Flow Up? from Erika at The Playful Scholar
Who Was?® What Was?® Where Is?® Book Series: Where is the Mississippi River? from Sharla at Minnesota Country Girl
River Exploration and Frog Catching from Thaleia at Something 2 Offer
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