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Tip: make your box versatile so you can discuss a range of topics and build vocabulary.
Ideas for your Sensory Box
Be creative – decorate your box with paint, colours and stickers to make it appeal to your child. You can even make it in the theme of their favourite characters or games. Make it even more fun by decorating it with your child and don’t be afraid to get messy as that is when children have the most fun.
Variety – add a variety of materials. This will encourage your toddler to think and will introduce them to new textures. Some ideas for materials are sandpaper, rocks, feathers, beads, food, flowers and leaves, cotton wool, a spoon and sponges.
Encourage discussion – ask questions like “what shape is it?Is it rough or smooth?Is it hard or soft?” to build their vocabulary. Ask questions to engage in conversation and introduce your toddler to new words.
Themes: to extend learning of certain topics, you can place themed items in your box. For example, if you have been talking about the beach, you can add some seashells and sand. If you have been talking about shapes, you can add different shapes to the box and discuss them when your child pulls them out.