Sensory Bin and Story Telling for PreschoolersWe had a swimming race. 12 animals came together and got into action - CNY style! The first day of the Chinese New Year is on February, 19. 2015 is the year of the sheep according to Chinese zodiac. My Firefly raced 12 animals across the water beads river while learning about their timeless race.
Sensory Bin Set UpThe animals are printed from ActivityVillage.co.uk and laminated. There are actually 13 animals (the cat was there, but was too late to have a year named after him).
The river: blue water beads in a long narrow bin. The land: rice and small orange tree balls.
There is a raft to carry the goat, the monkey, and the rooster. And of course, the Jade Emperor is a main character (we used a Little People figure).
Our great bright red dragon didn't fit into the pictures. The dragon was a spatula with a stuffed toy caterpillar propped onto it and wrapped with the red Christmas garland which continues around the bin as a dragon's hugging his story.
My Firefly loved her bin and showed lots of creativity with her ways of playing with it. The CNY story is very engaging. The animals got involved in many adventures around the house and with various toys - that is always a sign of a successful activity.
Do you remember the winner of the swimming race? It was the rat. It couldn't swim at all, but turned out to be the smartest animal to arrive to the Jade Emperor first.
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