I don’t know if you have caught on, but I believe in hands-on learning as much as possible. I am a firm believer (especially after teaching K-2 and watching my students) that children learn best through experience and incorporating learning into every day life. As such, I have been eyeing a new idea I was introduced to through Pinterest – Sensory Tubs. I love this idea for little ones because for young children, exploring and discovering the world with their senses is such a huge part of who they are.
I made my first attempt of a sensory bin for Samuel’s birthday party, and he loved it. I have been kind of holding off on plunging into making them regularly because I was intimidated about the potential mess and time it would take to set them up. This month, however, I took the plunge and decided to make a monthly Sensory tub for Samuel. I didn’t put as many things into the one for November because it will be out for such a short time, but I’m so glad I decided to do it! Samuel has already spent so much time playing with his tub – he loves it! I keep it in the kitchen (our downstairs is like one big room and the kitchen and living room are defined by a shift from wood to ceramic flooring), so messes are easier to clean up, and I keep a lid on it (which he can open if he really wants in it) to keep messes a little more contained as well.
Here it is, my November sensory tub:
- Leaves – from right outside
- Small Pumpkin
- Various small gourds
- Stick with Moss on it
- Cinnamon Sticks (I scrapped these so they would have more smell and left them in the container so Samuel can dump them out and put them back in again – great way to build fine motor skills)