From Our Educators
Debra Hasbrook, M.Ed.
Budgets are tight. Whether it’s in the classroom or at home. Have you ever found that a young child is more excited about the box or wrappings of the gift than the toy itself? Or wondered why a child may have a large selection of toys, but instead wants to pull out the Tupperware and the measuring cups? The point of these sensory activities is to allow children to explore different textures of items that may be found in the home or closet. These items are easily used with other materials in the room scaffolding the sensory experience. Here are a few ideas for two sensory baskets that children really enjoy. Everything came from the discount store or were gifts that we received but never used. They are items we might not think of first when putting together a sensory container and are easy to store and pull out at a moment’s notice.
Basket One: Several nylon scarves ($3.00), basket (.50)
Basket Two: A hand made crocheted square (free), self-hold curlers (1.00) , a dog grooming mitten ($1.00), dish scrubbing pads ($1.00) , shower gloves (free), cotton gloves usually used to wear at night to soften hands (free), basket (.50).