In an attempt to design activities that get my children excited about eating veggies, I came up with this fine motor sensory bag that incorporates learning and veggies! Dinosaurs love veggies sensory bag!
One of my girls’ favorite nursery rhyme shows has cartoon animals that help convince the kids to eat their vegetables. I wanted to apply the same concept to an activity that could keep the girls entertained and learning. My girls love dinosaurs and puzzles. This was a great way to keep them entertained and show them how delicious vegetables are. If dinosaurs eat them, they must be awesome! My older daughter loved the vegetables! She carried the bag around with her long after she was done feeding her dinosaur spouting the names of the different vegetables.
Supplies You’ll Need for the Dinosaurs Love Veggies Fine Motor Sensory Bag
- Vegetable Miniatures– I got mine at Michael’s. Their curbside pickup is so convenient!
- Or use frozen veggies you have in the freezer! A downside is you’ll need to throw out the contents and wash the bag afterward so it doesn’t rot. It can also be a little harder to feed the dinosaur because the veggies squish.
- Gallon Sized Ziplock Bag
- Masking or Painters Tape
- Clear Packing Tape
- Free Printable Dinosaurs at the bottom of the page, it comes with 6 colors of dinosaurs!
How to Set Up the Activity
- Print out the free printable dinosaurs.
- Cut out the dinosaur.
- Cut out the stomach and neck of the dinosaur. I recommend leaving a sliver of paper on the ends to make sure the dinosaur holds together when you paste it onto the bag.
- Lay a gallon-sized storage Ziplock bag on a flat surface.
- Place the dinosaur where you would like it on the bag.
- Starting from the top of the bag, lay a strip of clear packing tape to hold a section of the dinosaur in place. Lay another strip of tape down directly beside the first strip, holding the next section of the dinosaur in place. Repeat this until the entire dinosaur is covered by the packing tape. This makes sure your child can easily skim their finger over top of it and if it gets wet, it doesn’t ruin the dinosaur.
- Fill the bag about 1/4 of the way full with water.
- Press out as much air of the bag as possible before sealing. You can also use a straw to suck the air out as you close the bag.
- After you’ve carefully closed the bag, cover the seal with painters or masking tape. This way the kids can’t just open the bag. (Learned quickly that they can and will.)
- Lay the bag on a flat surface your children can use their fingers to feed the veggies to the dinosaur!
If your child is likely to just carry the bag around and miss the activity, you may wish to tape it down around the edges with the painters tape.
Be sure to not leave the mini-vegetables where the kids can get them. Otherwise they may believe you and think they are real edible vegetables. Unfortunately we learned this one from experience.
Thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoy the printables! Please leave a note in the comments and let me know how it went!
For more activities that encourage your toddler to eat veggies, click here.
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