Would you like to learn how to use Sensory Boxes in your homeschool?
If you are on Pinterest you might have seen all the fabulous and creative Sensory Box ideas! They are pretty to look at, but have you ever made one for your kids? I have only made one ocean animal water box and my girls (even my 3rd grader) loved it. They ask me to make these for them all the time now. I was nervous at first because a lot of these boxes have very small items that are not recommended for those under the age of 3. There is always someone under the age of 3 around here! Just use caution and teach the children to clean up their area when they are done. I have noticed that my smallest toddler loves playing with her sisters and is very gentle and happy to play with the “big kids” and won’t put them in her mouth!
What is a Sensory Box?
A sensory box is any type of container that is filled with tactile material that children explore and discover with their hands. Sensory boxes stimulate the senses of touch, sight and sometimes smell. It can be a very relaxing way to play and learn.
Here are some really fun ideas:
Zoo Themed Sensory Ideas by Fantastic Fun and Learning These are so cute and would be great for the little animal lover.
The Lorax Truffala Tree Forest Bin by Lemon Lime Adventures This is one of the most creative boxes I have ever seen. This is so adorable!
Bug Hunt Sensory Bin with FREE Printables by Mama Miss This is a fun bug hunt in a box using dried black beans. There are free printables for handwriting practice and a bug hunt sheet.
Pond Sensory Bin by Blog Me Mom I love this bright and colorful box with water beads!
Apple Themed Sensory Box by Pink and Green Mama This is a cinnamon scented apple adventure!
Mud Rally Sensory Box by Adventures at Home with Mum WOW! This is a brave one! Great for outdoor play with a water hose nearby! Kids will love playing in the mud.
When we were studying about fish with my oldest, we made a fish sensory bin for the little ones to play in while I was reading aloud. This was the first box I made with a dollar store dish tub, food coloring and Toob animals! They loved it and it was so simple!
Where to shop?
For most of the filler items you can get these from your kitchen cabinets or craft supplies! The dollar store is a great place for colored marbles, dish pans, colorful buckets etc… I like to use a coupon at a craft store to purchase Toob animals and figurines.
Amazon is another favorite place to shop! It’s hard to shop in a store for items like these when you have everyone with you. I prefer to shop from home when everyone is sleeping and can figure out exactly what I want to get.
Here is a GREAT deal on water beads which are used in many of the sensory box ideas:
12 Colors 12 Bags of Sensory Beads over 4800 pieces $8.95!
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!
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