Play: Valentine Sensory Boxes
I just wanted to take a minute to let you peek into the sensory boxes that the kids have been playing with this week. It’s a little different style than my previous winter-themed one, and it’s one that the kids seemed to like better.
First is the one that I made with Aly in mind.
Materials: Base of sticker foam hearts (Joanns), twirled pipe cleaners, heart plastic containers that open up (dollar store), various sizes and colors of plastic lids, pompoms, tablespoon, measuring cup, clear plastic cups (dollar store), heart shaped pencil sharpeners + couple unsharpened pencils, Fairy Godmother figurine, large googly eyes (dollar store), plastic ice cream cone, laminated cards with pictures of images related to valentines day, a red mini-car, a pink wooden pig, a red wooden rooster, two silver keys and a cinnamon tea light.
Asante liked it too– this is what he built out of it– a tower with a princess locked inside (perhaps we’ve been playing a little too much Super Mario Brothers):
This one is a little more simple. While Aly likes a lot of things to dig through, Ada is more concerned with dumping and scooping these days.
Materials: Cotton balls, pink plate, pink bowl, few sticker foam hearts, mini wooden clothespin, clear plastic cups, silver spoon from some kitchen canisters, and a couple medicine cups.
I used cotton balls as a base, thinking what a great fun material that would be to pick through. Well, little did I know that Ada is terrified of cotton balls. A scream and turn my head away because I’m too scared to even look at them kind of terrified. Through some gentle coaxing over the period of a few days, Jake has gotten her to the point of ever-so-briefly touching a cotton ball without jerking her hand away immediately. The other kids have liked this box’s simplicity, so at least it hasn’t gone to waste.
Hope these can be of some inspiration for you!