Sensory Ideas and Making a Feely Box
Do You Dare Put Your Hand Inside?
Sensory boxes are simple and inexpensive to make, but are very entertaining for children.
Kids love to explore the world with their senses. They love to feel objects and interesting textures. Touching objects is discovery for children.
Using sensory feely boxes is a great way to help kids develop their senses and understand their world. Sensory boxes are like a guessing game that your children will play for hours. They love the mystery of not knowing what is inside.
Simple Sensory Box Activity
Making the Sensory Box
Any box will work as a sensory box. Shoe boxes are the ideal size, though. Shoe boxes are also good to use because the lid is removable so sensory items can be easily placed inside. Kleenex boxes will also work. Try not to select boxes that are very big or very small. It will be hard to find the object to feel in a box that is too large. Small boxes don’t leave much room for hands.
Cut a hole big enough for a hand in the top or side of the box. Don’t make the hole to big or the item inside the box will be visible. You can paint the box or decorate it to match the theme of the item. For instance, if you are doing a Halloween sensory box, you can paint it black. For Christmas you can draw Christmas trees on the outside. Colorful, interesting boxes increase appeal.
You can attach something around the hole for the hand so that the inside of the box is not visible. Tissue paper can be glued around the hole. You can also use a piece of material or felt. Make sure that hands can still fit into the hole.
You can also use a blindfold instead of making an actual sensory box. Put the blindfold over the child’s eyes. Place an object to feel in front of him or her.
Which of your senses do you rely on the most?
Sensory Box Ideas
Filling the Box
Anything with an interest texture can be placed inside the box. If you are talking about the beach with your kids, you can fill the box with sand and seashells. If you are discussing shapes, you can put an object inside and have the kids tell you what shape it is. To learn about opposites you can use hot and cold objects like an ice pack or a warming pad or hand warmers. Make sure the objects you put inside are safe for kids to touch. Do not put anything sharp inside.
For winter, you can put instant snow in a box or you can use an ice cube or even real snow. Either use a plastic container or line the box with plastic or something else that will protect the box from getting wet. Pinecones, bird seed, and pine needles are other good sensory items for winter.
Have the kids describe the object. Ask questions like what shape it is, is it smooth or rough, is it hard or soft? Get the kids thinking about what their senses are telling them. Let them guess what is inside.
For younger kids, you can put the items in clear containers. Kids love to feel uncooked rice and beans and corn. Something as simple as a container filled with uncooked rice and a few plastic animals will keep preschool aged kids entertained for hours. Playing with sensory materials like sand and rice can be soothing to young children.
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Halloween Feely Boxes
You can make body parts themed sensory boxes for Halloween. Older preschool children and elementary aged kids really love these. Black boxes work the best. You can even make labels to stick on the outside. You can make them say something corny like “Clipped Fingernails: Finger not included” or “100% Snot: Low Grade.” You can even decorate the box to match the contents. For example, use Band-Aids for scabs or tissue for snot.
For the items inside the box, the key is finding food or other things that feel like certain body parts. Here are some ideas:
- Peeled grapes for eyeballs
- Wet sponge for brains
- Carrot sticks for fingers
- Flour tortilla for skin
- Crumbled potato chips for scabs
- Peeled tomato for heart
- Pumpkin seeds for fingernails
- Noodles for guts
- Silly putty or slime for snot
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Great 5 Senses Ideas
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These activities will help kids understand what each of their senses does for them and how we use the senses in everyday life. They will have fun guessing the smell, matching sounds, crawling through textures, mixing colors, and eating in the dark.