This is February’s sensory box. Obviously it’s not still February and I don’t think this is really a sensory box but luckily my ‘boss’ is 20 months old so I reckon I’ll get away with it! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you probably already know everything you need to know about this box!
Little Miss has recently become aware of colours. Well kind of – she thinks everything is red – but she seems to understand that red is a way to describe things. So I decided to see if I could help her along.
- Coloured bowls (I got these in a set from Tesco)
- Rattan bowl – this is the one I used for her treasure basket, a clear bowl would work just as well
- Random coloured plastic stuff (mainly toys). I aimed for things that were one solid colour to make it as simple as possible.
- Sneak a Peek Colours. (This is an affiliate link which means if you click on the link and buy something I get a small advertising fee at no extra cost to you.) This is a really sweet little book. There’s a colour on each page and you’re supposed to look through the hole to find examples of the colour.
How did we get on?
- She’s still mainly favouring calling everything red although she’s learnt the word ‘blue’ and occasionally uses it correctly.
- She sometimes sorts things correctly – then randomly adds in wrong ones. Basically we have no clue whether she gets it or not!
- She pulls the box out and insists people sit and play with it with her. This means that she likes it!
I’m not sure how E learned his colours but I’m pretty sure I didn’t actively teach him and he is doing just fine! I do remember him learning purple because some good friends had a purple car!
As with the play dough sets, the sensory boxes are at least partially for my own benefit. I really liked the planning side of teaching. Not the form filling paperwork aspect of it necessarily; but the finding interesting ways to inspire learning. So when I’m planning sensory boxes or play dough sets I get to feel like a teacher again (and there’s no ofsted in sight 😉 )
If you’re looking for more ideas here is my Pinterest board for toddler ideas