Today I set about making A Spring Sensory Box for Little N to explore. Sensory Boxes are great for Sensory stimulation providing hands on learning. They give an opportunity for imaginative play and exploring a variety of concepts.
What I really love about Sensory boxes is how children get so absorbed in exploring all the different textures and items. They are fun, you can link them up to any season, topic or child's interest and they help bring experiences alive.
You will need:
Yellow food colouring (UK/US)
Storage container (UK/US)
Spring/Easter themed decorations-
Fillable eggs (UK/US)
Bird Houses (UK/US)
Spring Flowers (UK/US)
Pipe Cleaners (UK/US)
Pom Poms (UK/US)
For this sensory box I used yellow rice as the Sensory Box filler which I dyed. I used 4 large bags of rice to get a good base covering and a whole bottle of yellow food coloring.
I also went on to add a fuzzy green bunny which I purchased from a local warehouse store called Country Baskets. I really do enjoy browsing the different seasonal crafts at this store as there are always a variety of things that are different.
I added soft fluffy yellow chicks, flower cake cases, plastic eggs that I filled with different types of yellow pasta. Glittered eggs on sticks which stood up great in the rice. A little painted bird house, a felt basket covered with the joys of spring that I filled with measuring spoons.
Little N really enjoyed playing with the Sensory Box. She grasped handfuls of rice in her hands and slowly released it over the plastic eggs. They grains of rice pinged off the sides - she seemed to enjoy this noise. She explored the contents inside the eggs and enjoyed filling them back up.
She used the spoons to fill the felt basket which she stood up and walked around with before pouring the contents back into the tub.
We also used the box when Little N cousins and friends came to play. They were all instantly drawn to the box and loved exploring all the different items.
I fully supervised Little N (and her little friends) throughout this activity. Once Little N was finished playing we covered the box over with the lid. This kept the contents of the box together and prevented our very inquisitive cat from venturing inside too.
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