Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sensory Boxes!

I made two new sensory boxes today. The first, for Pinky and Chaos, is a magnet sensory box. I've been excited to show them this one since they love playing with magnets so much.

The base of the box is sawdust (wood bedding for small animals). I then hid magnetic and non magnetic objects for the kids to find (they pretended to be pirates finding buried treasure) with magnet wands.

They sorted the objects they found into magnetic and non-magnetic groups and made predictions about which objects would be attracted to the magnets. They were tricked by aluminum foil and quarters (which they thought would be magnetic) and the bread twist tie (which they thought would not).

The second sensory box I made was for Wild One! This is her first sensory box. I'm calling this a texture box. I added squares of different types of fabric and a few large pom poms for more interest.

The fabrics include terry cloth, minky, fleece, flannel, cotton, a velvet-type fabric, silky fabric, and even a bit of oil cloth.

I used a shoe box sized bin to hold everything.

Chaos and Pinky helped her discover her new treasures!

I'll post more about our activities with the sensory boxes in my weekly recap.


http://livingatthewhiteheadszoo.blogspot.com/ said...

Love the magnet bin, I had not thought about doing magnets . Where did you find the magnet wands at?

SpartanGirl said...

I bought the magnet wands at a local teaching supply store, but they are available on Amazon as well (search "magnet wand"). Amazon also has kits with both the wands and the magnet marbles. They're really a lot of fun to play with. :)

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