It doesn’t matter what your interests are, there are hundreds of thousands of people in the world with who have the same interests as you…and guess what? The majority of them are talking about it on Twitter! One of the interests that I have is, obviously, early childhood literacy, so I follow a lot of folks who tweet out links with hashtags like #ece, #preschool, or #toddler. Since we’re doing the Summer Community Reading Challenge with iVillage and PBS Kids, I’m really on the lookout for great activities to extend Ayva’s experience with a book. Ayva enjoyed searching for pictures for her If You Give a Mouse a Cookie collage last week, so I wanted to do something that she would enjoy just as much this week.
Last week on Twitter, I saw a link to this post on the blog, Structured Play, on making an indoor sensory box. Sensory boxes are great fun for toddlers, and can help to start all types of imaginative play and conversations. Ayva has been over the moon about birthdays every since her party a few weeks ago, so we’ve been reading the book, Mama, I’ll Give You The World pretty much every night since then. Just the other day, Ayva found another birthday book in one of her book bins that I forgot about, A Birthday for Boots, and we’ve read that a lot, too. I thought Ayva would love a sensory box with a birthday theme, so I made her one!
1. I placed a bunch of birthday items in a box with a lid. I used a birthday card, candles, an invitation that slid open, a party blower, a crepe streamer, and a Happy Birthday cake decoration.
2. Ayva and I read the books, and then I told her I had a surprise for her. When I showed her the box, she was so excited to go through all of the items!
3. I let her play with the items, ask what they were, and eventually, she decided that the box was a cake, placed the candles in the cake, and we took turns singing “Happy Birthday” and blowing out the candles!
Have you made a sensory box before? What kind? Do you have any ideas for cool literacy & sensory experiences? Just like we tell our toddlers, share, share, share!