One theme that is always a huge hit in kindergarten is Outer Space – whether you have kids that are fascinated with the astronaut aspect or just love observing the stars and moon, this CVC Constellation Word Building Sensory Bin is a great addition to your kindergarten Outer Space exploration.
CVC Constellation Word Building Sensory Bin
I always find that every group of kids has their own unique interests, and even when it’s a common topic, they bring a unique focus or approach so when preparing or purchasing materials to last year after year, I try to go with general approaches that can be slightly modified or adapted to my current group.
This CVC Constellation Bin is a great way to bring word building into any outer space unit study and makes a quick and easy sensory bin that can be used year after year.
I used the space rocks that I made for our Space Sensory Bin for the base of this fun star word building bin, but you can just use a mix of dried black beans and glitter, or black sand and glitter… Okay, the glitter may be optional to some people but I just love the dimension that it gives this sensory bin and how it looks like a sparkly night sky with far-away stars.
We’ve also used these rocks in our upcoming Spotlight Superstar Acting Bin so keep an eye out for that one!
How to Make a CVC Constellation Sensory Bin
First, gather your materials:
- Black beans (or space rocks)
- Yellow or gold cardstock
- Black Sharpie Marker
- Large storage bin or sensory bin table
- Tweezers, tongs or other “grabbing” tools
- Baskets to keep their words or whiteboards to record
To make the letters for this sensory bin, I cut out about 30 yellow stars out of cardstock and 16 silver tinfoil stars (which is a great way to sharpen your scissors!) to give a visual difference between consonants and vowels. I did 3 a, e, i and o silver stars and 2 of y and u – and for the yellow consonants I did the full alphabet plus extras of popular letters (r, s, t, etc)
(And yes, I did this with my morning cup of coffee – bliss!)
My kids are currently fascinated by vowels so even before the word building started, the kids were pulling all of the vowels out and reciting them.
I set out these tongs for the bin but they were actually too hard for my kindergarteners to grasp the cardstock with, so make sure to check the tongs first. I ended up raiding our play kitchen for tongs that worked much better.
Building words soon became a focus and you can either provide baskets to keep their words, or paper (or whiteboards) for kids to record the words that they built with the stars. It’s a great idea to keep a list of CVC words close to this sensory bin to serve as examples and inspiration for your word explorations.
This CVC Constellation bin is really affordable and easy to set-up and makes a great compliment to any outer space unit study – or even after a reading of a classic like Goodnight, Moon. The stars may get ruined if you don’t laminate them, but the sparkly space rocks will last for several sensory bins.