Thursday, 15 September 2011

Sensory tub fun

I have seen many of these sensory tubs online and have to admit that I didn't quite get them:  are they just for fun?  Are they supposed to introduce various subjects like Christmas or weather?

A quick look on the internet and I found out that they are simply a tool for children to learn about the world around them using their sense of touch. They allow children to explore different textures and apparently they are developmentally appropriate for any child who is out of the oral fascination stage (ie-putting everything in the mouth). Babies as young as one year can have as much fun with a sensory tub as a 5-year old!

I was pleased to hear that there is no wrong way to make a sensory tub. All you need is a tub and something to fill it with! So I thought I would have a go and see if the contents would stay in the tub for more than 5 minutes.

So I threw together this tub for Freddy....

It's a simple mix of rice, wooden coloured beads and kitchen utensils.  I chose not to dye the rice a different colour this time just in case it got eaten and plus I didn't want to jazz up the first tub too much otherwise where would I go from there?

Freddy really enjoyed it and his interest lasted about 15 minutes.  He also understood that the rice should stay in the tub and not be eaten.

The box I bought has a lid so I will keep the same tub for a few days and then try something a bit more adventurous soon.

By the way here is a great list of sensory tub ideas.
And here is a wonderful article which explains the benefits of the sensory tub experience for children as well as some more ideas for what to put in them.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like Freddy is having lots of fun... ;-) Gabiś also loves those sensory tubs!

    Greeting from Mtl,


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