Teach your kids about arctic animals with this fun sensory exploration snow hunt activity. Although we don’t live in a snow filled area (I wish we did) we made do by making our own snow and having my daughter search for the animals in the snow. This activity is great for kids of all ages, from toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and even elementary aged kids.
Kids Arctic Snow Hunt Sensory Bin
This fun sensory bin will work on fine motor skills, imaginary play and is just plain fun! Watch the video below which I posted on Fun With Mama’s Facebook page to see it in action:
- Safari Ltd Toobs –Arctic Toob or the Antarctica Toob. (You can also catch them on Amazon here: Arctic Toob or the Antarctica Toob)
- Real snow or this DIY snow. (The DIY snow can be reused many times if you store it in a closed container or ziplock bag.) If you want to buy a little snow you can buy the set I had but I highly recommend you buy the bigger quantity if you can.
- A tray of some sort. ( I love our Mess Matz for this too.) In the pictures here I used my Lakeshore Learning Tray. This is a simliar set of trays on Amazon.
- A paintbrush (but fingers will work great here too!)
- Card stock paper
I chose to use the Arctic Toob.
I had much less snow than the one I linked to above. I wish I would have purchased the big one though because my kids had so much of fun with it and I could have put it in my sensory bin container to use throughout the whole month.
It is really easy to make snow at home with the kids. You can check out this simple DIY “snow” tutorial.
How to make indoor snow
We just mixed the insta-snow with some water. It was simple to do and so much of fun to see how the snow spread out from a powder into fluffy “snow”.
Setting up the kids activity:
Place your printed paper on the tray. If you are using real snow make sure you laminate this page. If you are using the DIY Snow then add water to the snow powder to create your snow.
Then place the snow all over to at least cover your paper.
Your child can use the paintbrush or their fingers to brush away the snow and to search for the animals. Once they find the animal they need to find the same figurine and place it on the same spot.
During the activity we worked on some vocabulary. When she found the Walrus I told her to find the Walrus figurine, we explored the igloo and she found the animal named Caribou funny.
Allow your child to explore and play in any way they like. Once she was done I removed the paper and allowed her to just play with the snow and the fun figurines.
CHECK OUT THESE OTHER WINTER THEMED CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES
- Build a snowman craft
- Gingerbread Number Clip Cards
- Gingerbread Tracing Worksheets
- Easy Open Ended Art Snowman Painting Activity
- Winter Preschool Clip Cards
- Penguin Winter Clothes Color Matching (Totschooling)
- Winter Dress Up Magnetic Busy Bag
- Winter Magnetic Build a Snowman Busy Bag
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