To get excited about studying bugs, I created a new sensory bin representing a word we have been spending a lot of time talking about-- habitat. The fillers in this bin include two one foot squares of fake grass (I found it on clearance at Hobby Lobby with the Easter items), pebbles, and green poly fill.
I included two plastic posts which I filled with a coffee bean/split pea/colored spaghetti mix left over from another sensory bin. I then cut apart a silk flower bush and a silk leaf bush and "planted" them into the pots. Utensils include tongs, magnifying glasses, and a cardboard tube. Finally, I added a couple of bags of bugs from the dollar store, along with some self-stick ladybugs and spider confetti.
As soon as we opened the bin, E wanted her bug viewing container to collect the bugs from the bin. Her favorite was finding the little lady bugs, which I had placed "crawling" in different spots throughout the bin.
Here she is counting some of the bugs before placing them into her viewing container.
And here she is making the ladybugs crawl on her feet! Looks like she needed a pedicure!
I just can't emphasize how great these bins are. They are fun to put together, a great way to learn, and very entertaining!