Sensory Boxes

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Boxes full of goodies!

Baby and Toddler

This little activity is a take on one we did at a baby sensory group. It is simple and super easy but can provide hours of entertainment!

Get a box with a lid and fill it with lots of different things. These could be anything from toys to kitchenware to fabrics. The more variety, colours and textures the better! Put the lid on the box and tie a ribbon around it. Give the box to your little one and watch them try to figure out how to get inside (younger ones may need help to start with!). Once they have they will be delighted with the ‘treasure’ inside and want to explore each item.

Trying to open the box involves problem solving skills and fine motor skills. All the items inside will help develop a child’s senses such as touch and sound as well as key concepts like cause and effect (if i shake this rattle it makes a noise!).

Top tips:

  1. Never leave your child unattended with the box and choose items carefully. Babies and toddlers inevitably but things in their mouths and could choke.
  2. Tape or glue the ribbon to the bottom of the box so you don’t lose it!
  3. Try putting mirror card in the lid. It then becomes an item to explore itself.
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