Sunday, September 01, 2013

Gruffalo Inspired Sensory Bin

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Oh no, it's a Gruffalo sensory bin!

It's no secret that we love the Gruffalo here.  We've made an awesome sensory board and a felt board set, but for the longest of time, I've wanted to make a sensory bin inspired by the book.  Finally, after months of brainstorming, I present to you the...

Gruffalo inspired sensory bin from And Next Comes L

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Using the description of the Gruffalo from the children's book The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, I put together this fun sensory bin using the following items:
  • Small orange plastic eggs with black permanent marker drawn on to look like the Gruffalo's orange eyes.
  • Large green pom pom for the poisonous wart
  • White dried beans for terrible teeth
  • Black ribbon for the black tongue
  • Two probiotic yogurt drink containers with labels removed to be the Gruffalo's terrible tusks
  • Brown chenille sock, cut into strips, for the Gruffalo's fur
  • Purple colored rice for the purple prickles
  • Two disposable latex gloves (one filled with water and the other with popcorn kernels) for terrible claws

Terrible claws of the Gruffalo inspired sensory bin from And Next Comes L

It was a gorgeous day out so we took this bin outside.  J also has a habit of throwing colored rice.  So that's another reason why we took it outside.

K really enjoyed the orange eyes, happily opening and closing the eggs.

K checking out the bin from And Next Comes L

K opening the Gruffalo's eyes from And Next Comes L

J also enjoyed the eyes, but he preferred to fill them up with purple prickles (colored rice) and teeth (white beans).

Pouring rice from the Gruffalo inspired sensory bin from And Next Comes L

The boys spent a lot of time checking out the terrible claws as they had never seen anything quite like it before.

Checking out the Gruffalo's terrible claws from And Next Comes L

Checking out the Gruffalo's terrible claws from And Next Comes L

Checking out the Gruffalo's terrible claws from And Next Comes L

K "tasting" the terrible claws from And Next Comes L

J and the terrible claws from And Next Comes L

Then K reenacted the book by putting the poisonous wart on J's head...

Pom pom Gruffalo wart from And Next Comes L

Er...I mean in his mouth...

Pom pom Gruffalo wart from And Next Comes L

Ummm...perhaps on the end of his nose?  Yes, that looks better!

Pom pom Gruffalo wart from And Next Comes L

The boys have always enjoyed playing with rice and made sure to scoop it into the Gruffalo's terrible tusks.  I love how the rice is falling in this picture.

Playing with purple rice from And Next Comes L

K also practiced his fine motor skills by picking up individual grains of rice and putting them in the cup.

Playing with purple rice from And Next Comes L

I've said it before, and I will say it once again, no sensory bin is complete until someone has stepped right into the bin.

K in the Gruffalo sensory bin from And Next Comes L

Looking for more Gruffalo activities? Check out the sensory board and the felt board set that were also inspired by the book.  Or follow my Children's Book Activities board on Pinterest.

Gruffalo inspired sensory bin from And Next Comes L
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4 comments:

  1. Love, love, love this! Pinned and gonna share now. My son is a huge fan of the Gruffalo! :)

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    1. It's impossible not to love the Gruffalo! Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. We love the Gruffalo too! This is such a cute way to illustrate it. My son like bins from books too. Hope you will come by and share with my sensory play party link!
    http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/ultimate-sensory-play-party-linky-5/

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    1. I also love seeing sensory bins inspired by books. And I will be sure to check out your link party.

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