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Sensory Exploration: Sensory Tubs

Sensory Exploration: Sensory Tubs

From birth, children learn about the world by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, and hearing. Sensory play contributes in crucial ways to brain development. Stimulating the senses sends signals to a child’s brain that help strengthen neural pathways important to all types of learning. So, how do we provide opportunities for children to actively use their senses without buying expensive learning materials? This month: Sensory Tubs


  • Under the bed plastic tub

  • Filler such as rice, flax seed, bird seed, corn, shredded paper

  • Items found around house such as spoons, measuring cups, strainers, sifters, tweezers, tongs, etc.

Fill bottom of tub with filler. Add spoons, measuring cups, strainers, etc. Smaller toys can be added for creative play. Place a tarp underneath tub to help keep area clean. Use lid for convenient storage.


  • Fine motor skills

  • Eye hand coordination

  • Muscle strength in children’s hands

  • Taking turns, working together

  • Math skills
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