Sensory Tub #1 - Beans and Cars
For our tub, I used a nice mixture of beans of different shapes, sizes and colors. I included lima beans, pinto beans, lentils, black eyed peas, split peas, and navy beans. Please note: uncooked kidney beans are poisonous if consumed and should NOT be included in a sensory tub!!
Next I just threw in some of L's plastic vehicles and away we played! She absolutely loved this tub and asked for it every day afterward for a week.
Sensory Tub #2 - Oatmeal and Farm Animals
For this tub I used about three-quarters of a container of uncooked oatmeal, which is great because not only is it an excellent texture, but it also has a very nice smell.
We added in L's collection of farm animals (and the farmer too, of course!) and got busy. L loved to pretend that the animals were eating the oats.
Sensory Tub #3 - Alphabet Soup
For our alphabet soup tub, I added water, soup bowls and spoons (these were actually ice cream bowls I found in the dollar bin at Walmart), foam letters, and a ladle.
L quickly got busy scooping and pouring (her favorite activity!) with the ladle and bowls. I'm not too worried about pushing the letter learning at this point, but it was a great opportunity for language and for her dad and I to point out what letters she scooped up. As she gets older, this will be a fantastic activity for practicing letter recognition.
We absolutely adore sensory play at our house! What kind of sensory experiences do your kiddos enjoy?