If your kids like dinosaurs and playing pretend, they’ll LOVE playing paleontologist! I created a dinosaur bones sensory bin and my two had a blast pretending to be scientists while hunting for dino bones. This is great fun anytime for a dinosaur lover, and it also makes a great go-along activity to a science unit on dinosaurs or fossils.
Dinosaur Bones Sensory Bin
We set up our sensory bin in our homemade sand and water table that we moved indoors for the winter. Right now it has sand in it, so that’s what we used for our sensory material.
The dinosaur bone fossil skulls are toys made by Safari.
All I had to do was open up the Toob…
and bury the fossils for the kids to find.
I supplied two paint brushes for the kids to use to gently excavate the fossils.
We spent awhile talking about paleontology and what paleontologists do when they hunt for fossils. Then the kids started hunting!
I loved how they used their hands to dig in the sand until they felt a fossil, and then carefully used their brush to clean the sand away from the bones like a real paleontologist.
After the kids had recovered all the toys, they carefully arranged them on top of a hill of sand, saying they were setting up a museum for people to come view the dinosaur bones on display. They even added a few little plastic people figurines who walked around looking at all the dinosaur skulls.
The day after we did our dinosaur bones sensory bin, I came across a dinosaur fossil bin by Play Create Explore using the same fossils we used, but a different sensory material, and with ideas for other educational activities. Be sure to see her post, too, so that you can have multiple ways to use your dinosaur fossil toys!
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