Since Hayden started preschool, I love all of the suggestions his teachers have been giving me. Something I had not heard of before are sensory tubs. Of course, now that I’ve been researching it I’m finding that it’s a popular activity for toddlers!
Each month at school they have a different themed sensory tub and an everyday sensory tub. His teachers gave me suggestions and I also have found some great resources on the sites Preschool Express and No Time for Flashcards.
So, if you were living under a rock like me you may be wondering what is a sensory tub?
A sensory tub is a tub or bin that you fill up with various items to let your child be hands-on. Fill the tubs with different textures, so they can feel the different items and talk about them with you – what they are, how they feel, etc. You can hide different items within thee sensory tub so it’s great for exploring also. It seems like the possibilities are endless with a sensory tub.
The first sensory tub that I made was pretty simple. I went to the dollar store and bought a plastic bin, a bag of rice, various bags of different sized beans and a bag of small dinosaurs. Once I got home, I added everything together in the tub, hid some of the dinosaurs and grabbed some spoons and a few more toys.
Hayden was ecstatic! He spent the next 1.5 hours talking and having fun with the sensory tub!
This tub has been great for those cold, winter days and when you’re looking for something fun to do! I highly suggest checking out the No Time for Flashcards blog, she has so many ideas for different sensory tubs!
It snowed the other day and it was TOO cold, so I decided to bring the snow inside for a fun snow sensory tub. We tossed a few toys in and had fun for an hour playing with the snow, making mini snowman and talking about how the snow melts when it gets warm.
Here are two of my favorite tubs I found on Pinterest that I can’t wait to make!
What kind of sensory tubs do you make?
This blog post is sponsored by Giraffe Childcare.