Friday, June 03, 2016

"Dump Truck Duck," by Megan E. Bryant: Learn How to Make a Construction Site Sensory Bin and Enter to Win the Book!

Dump Truck Duck
By Megan E. Bryant

Dump Truck Duck honks and zooms and steers his dump truck all through the day, helping the other hardworking ducks build a new park. With adorable illustrations and playful rhyming text, Dump Truck Duck is certain to become a new read-aloud favorite!

Construction Site Sensory Bin: Bring In the Big Dig!
by Megan E. Bryant

It’s no secret that my family is a big fan of construction sites, which was part of what inspired my new picture book, DUMP TRUCK DUCK. Decades ago, my brother and I would happily (read: no squabbling for minutes at a time!) watch big diggers and tough trucks at work. Another thing we adore in my family? Sensory bins! There’s something imminently satisfying about scooping, digging, and exploring through the bin, letting your fingers lead the way as you discover whatever is hidden inside. It’s easy to understand why sensory bins are such a useful learning tool for children, especially tactile learners.

For my son’s third birthday, I decided it was high time we had our own sensory bin. After all, I’d seen him using the sensory bin at school, completely engrossed as he explored its contents. If only I’d realized how easy it was to make a sensory bin at home, I would’ve done it ages ago! The best part is that there aren’t any hard and fast guidelines; in fact, you can often make a sensory bin out of items you already have. All you need is a container, some filler, and some fun items to go inside. Here’s how I created a construction site sensory bin for my truck-loving kids.

First, a quick safety note: Make sure that your sensory bin is age-appropriate for your child. Don’t include small pieces, even for the filler, if they could be choking hazards for your little one. Sensory bins are wonderfully flexible; they truly can grow with your child -- just by swapping out the contents!


To begin, you’ll need an empty container. I chose a large, deep one, since I had a feeling my son would dig through it enthusiastically -- and I was right. Our clear plastic bin holds 72 quarts, measuring 16” by 24” by 14”. I find that this size helps to keep the contents contained, for the most part. In the spirit of full disclosure, you should know that sensory bins can lead to some spills and messes. Handling a sensory bin spill is a great opportunity to guide your child in cleaning up the mess while reinforcing appropriate play behaviors. If your child is playing with the sensory bin a little too enthusiastically, or purposefully throwing the filler out of the bin, it’s okay to take it out of the playtime rotation and try again another day.


Next, I had to choose a filler. The options for sensory bin filler are just about endless, but I decided to use dried pinto beans. I like the size and feel of the beans, and they’re easy to pick up if any spill outside the bin. My large-sized sensory bin needed about 20 one-pound bags of pinto beans. Who would’ve thought 20 pounds of beans would make such a fantastic birthday present?

Things really got fun when we started filling the bin with bag after bag of beans.

Next up: time for the trucks! We’ve used big trucks...


and little trucks...

Just about any size works beautifully.

And you’ll definitely want to include scooping tools. A simple set of measuring cups will do the trick -- I found brightly colored ones at Target.


As the launch date for DUMP TRUCK DUCK approached, we thought these construction duckies deserved a place in the bin. Aren’t they cute?


Now sit back and watch your child enjoy the sensory bin -- or better yet, jump in and enjoy it with them! After all, you never know what you might find buried inside it ...


but that’s a story for another book.

About the Author
Megan E. Bryant is the author of more than 170 books for children. Her books Mythlopedia: Oh My Gods! and Mythlopedia: She's All That! were VOYA Honor Books. She lives in North Carolina.

Follow the Author at:
Website: http://www.meganebryant.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Megan-E-Bryant/280188555442878
Twitter: https://twitter.com/meganebryant



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52 comments:

  1. I want to read Alphasaurus!

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  2. The kids would love this book

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  3. The book Shapeasaurus would be a big hit with my 2 yr old nephew.

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  4. I'd like to read several of them, but especially like the thought/idea of The Royal Christmas Ballet. :)

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  5. Anonymous1:07 PM

    My boys would love to read Countasaurus
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    Merry

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  6. Janet Woodling8:05 PM

    I would choose Fireflies.

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  7. I'd like to read Shapeasaurus with my boys. It looks cute.

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  8. Mythlopedia Oh My Gods! is another book I would like to own.

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  9. I would like the book Alphasaurus
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    Ashley C

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  10. Build a Snowman, 1, 2, 3!

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  11. It's Easter Time would be a great addition to a basket next Easter.

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  12. I would enjoy reading the Dinosaurs book to my grandson.

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  13. I'd like to read Fireflies.

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  14. My boys would love to read the Fireflies book too!

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  15. It's Easter Time looks lovely.

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  16. Alphasaurus looks like a fun book!

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  17. Fireflies would be our first choice!!

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  18. Halloween is here my kids would love to read.

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  19. I want the Fireflies book for my granddaughter.

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  20. My daughter says Princess Valentine

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  21. My Easter Egg looks like a great one to read in the spring.

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  22. I would love to read the mythopidia oh my gods book with my son.

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  23. Em Mahr8:17 AM

    I"d also love to read the Countasaurus book to my son

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  24. My nephew would love Shapeasaurus! My email is traciemichelle0515@gmail.com

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  25. Fireflies for sure. looks like a good one.

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  26. pocket genius sounds very good!

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  27. I like all the dinosaur books

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  28. I'd like to read The Royal Easter Tea Party.

    Nancy
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  29. fireflies looks like a fun book

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  30. I would love to also have the book fireflies to read to my kiddos. My son is fascinated with fireflies so he would love it!

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  31. I want to read Alphasaurus.

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  32. I would like Pocket Genius.

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  33. I would also like to read her children's Firefly book!

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  34. I would like My Snow Globe.

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  35. I would like to read Alphasaurus.

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  36. I would love to read the Snow globe book. Always loved them and watched for hours.

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  37. the alphasaurus book looks really cute.

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  38. Anonymous4:16 PM

    "Alphasaurus" would be my book of choice.

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  39. I would choose colorasaurus.

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  40. I Know my son would really enjoy Shapeasaurus he loves shapes and dinosaurs being autistic its difficult to find things tht keep his attention and i know this would

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  41. I think my kids would enjoy Fireflies.

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  42. I would love to read Fireflies to my grandson! Great giveaway!

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  43. I would love to have Shapeasaurus for my grandson.

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  44. I would like She's All That!

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  45. I'd like to read Fireflies!

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  46. I think my daughter would love the myth o pedia series

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  47. Laura8:16 PM

    I would also like Shapeasaurus! How fun!

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  48. Fireflies looks very interesting!

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