Just the other day I was looking around the internet for some sensory ideas. With the change in seasons, I am anticipating those cold (very cold, we're in Vermont!) winter days when we can only get outside for a few minutes at a time. Around here our hands are covered all winter so although we dig, build and play in snow, much of a sensorial touching and feeling experience is limited. Last winter we had our indoor sandbox which provided some much appreciated sensory play. While I haven't gotten an indoor sandbox going yet, I did come across a great little idea in the meantime. Have you seen these before?
It's called a My Little Sandbox. There is a whole series of them (found on Amazon) and they've got good reviews. I thought it looked like something my daughters would enjoy so I made up one for our home.
Our sand is pretty well mixed with dirt, leaves and sticks from a summer of outdoor play, so I opted for using rice in our Little Sandbox. I had this miniature farm from long ago that fit perfectly.
After observing my daughters' play, the rice has worked out well and is easier to clean up (they are good about not misusing it and can sweep it up independently if needed.)
They have enjoyed using it and I like that it provides the sensory experience of the rice along with encouraging creativity and imagination.
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