Dinosaur Sensory Soup: Water Play Activity

Jul 21, 2015

Sensory soups are one of my favourite activities. They're incredibly low prep and I love how versatile they can be. We've done many different variations, but this dinosaur sensory soup was easily one of my kids' favourites. They played with this bin for days! Sometimes they added other toys and materials, but most of the time it was just dinosaurs, water and kitchen supplies. 

You Will Need: 

  • large plastic bin
  • water
  • miniature dinosaur figures (available at dollar stores and toy stores)
  • liquid watercolors— I combined green and black to make a murky green swamp-like color
  • bowl
  • kitchen utensils: ladle, large spoon, whisk

Fill the large plastic bin with water and add liquid watercolours. Add the dinosaurs, a bowl and kitchen utensils, then set it out for the kids. That's it!

A child plays with toy dinosaurs in a bowl of blue-green water.

The kitchen utensils are great for working on fine motor skills and exploring volume and measurement. My kids informed me that they're also great for giving dinosaurs showers and baths. 

A toy dinosaur sticks its head through the hole in a large kitchen spoon.

The kids' dinosaur stories were absolutely delightful! My three-year-old was particularly attached to a brontosaurus and created an adorable high-pitched, squeaky voice for it. We heard all about the brontosarus' crazy adventures.

This fun and simple dinosaur sensory soup activity encourages imaginative play and fine motor skills development.

Article Author Dyan Robson
Dyan Robson

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Married to her high school sweetheart, Dyan is mom to two boys, J and K, who also teaches piano out of her home. On her blog And Next Comes L, Dyan shares her story of raising a child with hyperlexia, hypernumeracy and autism, amongst a variety of sensory activities for kids. You can find out more about their story on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.


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