Nature Exploration Bin- Beach

We don’t live close to the ocean, but we aren’t far from the Great Lakes.  At the beginning of our unit we took a trip to Lake Ontario.  In just a few minutes I collected everything for our Nature Exploration Bin.

Driftwood pieces
Sea Glass
Flat stones
Pretty stones

After putting together the bin I found a package of 6 unique shells at Michaels on clearance for $0.50 so I added those as well.

To introduce the bin I picked up each type of item, told the children the name of the item and described it a little.  I passed around the sample, showing them how to carefully handle it.  They all sat and explored together for quite awhile, and revisited it throughout the month.

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