Dinosaur Dig Sensory Bin Activity for Kids

dinosaur kids activity

Here is a fun dinosaur dig themed sensory bin idea for your program using coffee grounds and other simple materials!

Objective: Creating simple sensory bins while exploring the world of dinosaurs

Skill Development: Sensory Play



Step 1:

In a plastic container, allow the children to scoop and pour out flour and coffee grounds. Then add water to it, just enough that it creates a mud-like texture.

dinosaur fun for kids

Step 2:

Provide the children with sensory scoops or spoons so they can mix these materials together. The coffee grounds create the idea of playing in the mud and yet smells really good.

dinosaur dig for kids

Step 3:

Add in some water-resistant plastic dinosaurs and let the children explore.

Offering sensory scoops, tweezers, and rakes allows the children to use many different types of materials for exploring this sensory bin. Encourage them to use their hands as well.

Step 4:

When they’re all finished, you can create another sensory station where the children can clean off the dinosaurs as well as their hands and sensory materials.

dinosaur dig activity


Come up with a list of questions to discuss with the kids.

  • What does this look like?
  • What does our “mud” smell like?
  • Can you feel our “mud” with your hands?
  • What will you name your Dinosaur?

About the Author:

Randi How2PlayToday

Randi is the founder of How 2 Play Today. She created this online community to share ideas and help inspire others to create. Randi has always had an interest in child psychology and has been following that passion since she was a kid herself. Over the years, Randi has been capturing adventures of her and her children and sharing these ideas on her website at how2play.today. This helps busy parents and caregivers who want to play more with their kids but need ideas, product suggestions, and a simple guide for activities.

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2 thoughts on “Dinosaur Dig Sensory Bin Activity for Kids

  1. I loved your idea. I’ve done similar digs, but with older kids. I used sand. I had used dirt, but insects seemed to like that, so I switched to sand. I got artifacts from flea markets. There are neat things to find that they wouldn’t be able to identify. I told them they were archeologists digging in an area where people lived over 1,000 years ago. They had to draw a sketch, describe it, and then tell what they thought it was used for. If they asked me if they were right, I would tell them that although I looked old in their eyes, I wasn’t 1000 years old. Then I would discuss errors from digs in the past. They would really have an understanding of how difficult it can be to work out what people used in the past and how they had to use their own experiences to help them.

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