I struggled to think of a January sensory tub. I wanted it to have a white base but I didn’t really want to use rice (my carpets still haven’t recovered from the stars) or cotton wool. In the middle of January we went to a messy play group. There was shredded paper and animals in one of the tuff-spots so I stole their idea!
This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on the link and buy something I get a small advertising fee at no extra cost to you.
- Shredded paper. I couldn’t bring myself to actually shred clean paper although it only took about 5 sheets!
- Stones. I’ve had these for years (not from amazon) I’m not sure this is actually the best place to get them from but I’ve included a link incase you don’t fancy going to the shops 😉
- Milk bottle lids
- Old chocolate tin. My idea was that this was the water. It also makes a good noise when you drop things into it!
- Cut up egg box . They were supposed to be for the animals to hide in – she’s basically ignored them. If your child is at the chewing stage, egg boxes aren’t considered safe because there can be salmonella on egg shells.
- Polar Animals. These are the ones we have and I would definitely recommend them.
If you’re interested in how we use sensory tubs and some of the benefits I went into more details in the Autumn post.
( I don’t like this heading because it sounds really formal but I couldn’t figure out another way to say it!)
- There’s been lots of really good exploration. The paper falls really slowly when you throw it up in the air. 😉
- Generally I encourage my kids to play with the contents of the boxes inside the box but this didn’t work for this tub! Possibly the shredded paper is to big but she just wants to get everything out and stand or sit on it!
- She’s particularly interested in the stones. She’s been lining them up and carrying them around. They’re smooth and cold to the touch so she probably likes that they are quite different to her toys.
- She’s not been especially bothered about the animals. She’s definitely beginning to play imaginatively but perhaps these are a bit small for her.
For more ideas for sensory play see my pinterest board 🙂