Toddler Sensory Activity

We’re trying to soak up the last of the sunshine before it runs away. This last week afforded a beautiful day on the deck where I was able to let Rex have a sensory activity.

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I took a large sheet pan (this one purchased at a restaurant supply is a full sheet size that I usually use for making granola) and filled it with assorted containers as well as a couple of spoons.  I added four containers of sensory materials: flax seeds, sunflower seeds, steel cut oats, and rice.  I went with small, edible items that wouldn’t be choked on if tasted.

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Oddly enough, Rex wasn’t interested in tasting this particular activity.  (He eats chalk, bark, rocks, and paper any chance he gets, but you give him an edible activity and he doesn’t even bring it near his lips…)  His favorite part seemed to be reaching into each container, bringing out a handful, and then dropping it onto the deck to see what it did.

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After a while, he finally picked up some of the containers, dumping them out completely.  Gravity!

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He then examined the empty containers, to see where the contents had gone. He didn’t really utilize the other containers to pour into like I thought he would.  He was more interested in the seeds and things and how they reacted to different removal methods.  All in all, this activity kept him busy for almost an hour and was easy clean-up (I just swept it off the deck for the birds). This is definitely one we’ll do again.

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After our activities with grains, we went down to the yard and played in the leaves.   All in all, a beautiful fall day.

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