Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Two sensory ideas

Our center purchased several plastic containers with lids, as portable sensory stations for material such as rice, dirt, sand. moon sand, etc. As well we've been enjoying using them for shaving cream fun; cornstarch goop; clean mud, made with shavings of ivory soap and paper (from the Ooey Gooey Lady's recipes).

I have rice in this one with various toys for scooping and filling. My children enjoy this, although the rice does get out on the floor, more so than with a deeper sensory table. And so out come the small brooms and dustpans. The children have become pretty good at sweeping, and I think it's part of the fun!

I created the container below from an ice cream pail. I just cut a circle out from the side large enough for a hand to fit, and then sewed a sock to it. Then you just need to place various objects in the pail, close the lid, and allow the children to reach in and feel the objects. I have always found the children love this activity.I borrowed this idea from my assistant director who I worked with for 16 years. She had all kinds of wonderful homemade ideas.


child central station said...


I love the sensory stuff! I've never seen a bucket like the one you have created. I've tumbled it and put it on my to do list :). Thanks for sharing!

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Hi Amy, I agree, I think sensory play is a major part of an early childhood day. I love all the sensory things you share on Child Central - and love having a recipe to make moon sand now!!

You're welcome for the bucket idea - my friend and former co-worker had some just wonderful ideas. She was born in India, trained as a Montessori teacher there; and taught preschool in India before coming to Canada. She had her masters degrede in Psychology, and was in her late 60's when she finally retired - but played with the children, and was always sitting on the floor with them. She explained that there was no or little money in the school where she worked in India- and so they recycled/reused everything, and created all kinds of learning toys and games. I'll have to share more here.
Have a great day!

Geraldine said...

Wishing you a great week Brenda. Thanks for the lovely comment about my mom. Hugs, G

Geraldine said...

PS: Maybe you and your group would be interested in getting involved:

I thought of you and SandyC when I wrote this one.

cheers, G

Anjali Panwar said...

Hi! It is really nice stuff. you can get a great collection of sensory products of autism in India online.

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Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Thank, you, Sabrina!