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It’s finally here!! Summer has arrived, and we are having a blast with all the summer things. We aren’t able to take our usual beach vacation this year, so I’m trying to bring the beach home instead with this free Seashell Beginning Sounds Sensory Bin and Printables! Using sensory bins to build on literacy skills is the perfect summer activity!
*Pair this with our Kindergarten Summer Homework to keep little minds sharp over summer break!
Seashell Beginning Sounds Sensory Bin and Printables
I know what you’re probably thinking – RICE? Are we really going there? And YES – we are! But not without extra measures to help keep our sanity, promise!
When we use sensory bins that are a little extra messy, the first thing I try to do is take them outside. This is the easiest way to allow your kiddos freedom with their bins without stressing about the mess they will probably make.
We like to go outside and set up our bin at a picnic table, or lay out a blanket and have a sensory bin picnic. Both of these options help us get outside for some good sun.
If the weather is rainy or too hot, we use a plastic table cloth spread out on the floor. Most of the time, I can use this cloth to pour the rogue bits back into the bin. But in cases like this rice, sometimes it’s easier to just take the cloth outside and shake it out.
Either way, these bright seashell pieces look SO fun in rice because it looks similar to sand and your little ones will love it!
RELATED RESOURCE: Blends & Digraphs Centers and Activities
By this time of the year, review is super necessary. One skill that is always a little tricky is “s” versus “sh” sounds. Using seashells just fits perfectly!
After looking at the pictures, students have multiple options for practice that give you some flexibility both with skill range and ability to use the sensory bin or not.
Teacher Tip: Laminate the cards so that they are durable in the sensory bin and will hold up to repeated use!
Ways to Play!
Here are some of our favorite ways to use this seashell sensory bin and printables:
- Match the seashell picture cards to the correct beginning sound cards and color the matching sound on the corresponding recording sheet
- Choose a seashell picture card from the sensory bin and color the matching word on the corresponding recording sheet
- Sort the seashell picture cards and/or word cards by beginning sound
I hope that this sensory bin finds you enjoying your summer or approaching it soon!
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