Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sensory Tub: Shapes and Colors

So far, our sensory tubs have been based around seasons and holidays, so I wanted to do something different this time around.  Emory is really interested in colors and shapes right now, so I thought I would go with that and give him a colorful shape-themed sensory tub to keep him occupied!  Putting this together was basically as easy as dumping a bunch of stuff into a shoebox tote for him to explore.

Here's what I included:

shape flash cards
foam SHAPE puzzle pieces
foam crayon-shaped COLOR puzzle pieces
foam counting blocks
red foam circle discs
wooden SHAPE lacing beads set
glossy cardboard SHAPES from a from patterning set
colored craft sticks
yellow foam stars
rhinestones in various shapes/colors
learning links
bingo chips
Yellow ice cream scoop--this was at Elliott's request as he helped me assemble the tub for Emory

Emory started by digging out all the crayon puzzle pieces and assembling the puzzle.  Obviously he wasn't placing them in the "correct" color spot (this is more of a color-word matching puzzle than a color puzzle, in my opinion) but I would say this was actually his favorite part, likely because he had never seen the puzzle before.

Elliott joined in by creating some type of a matching game for them with the flash cards.

We didn't have many diamond shapes, but we did experiment with making our own!

Emory also liked sorting the colored craft sticks into pairs.

Elliott spent a little time lacing the shapes, though I was a bit surprised he didn't make any patterns...he usually enjoys patterning work.

Overall, I would say it was a success!  Keeping it on a blanket keeps all the "stuff" confined to a manageable space.  Plus, it gave big brother the opportunity to be in charge lead a "lesson" with brother by helping him identify colors, shapes, puzzles and even creating a game for them to play together.  All while I got the kitchen cleaned!

Linked Up:  Show and Tell, Hip Homeschool Hop, What's on the Tray Wednesday, Thrifty Thursday, It's Playtime, Thinky Linky Thursday, For the Kids Friday, Fun Stuff Fridays, The Play Academy, Sharing Saturday


  1. Looks like so much fun!

    Thanks for stopping by Reading Confetti!

  2. I love it! Great idea! Looks like a lot of fun!

  3. This a great idea for a sensory tub and looks like lots of fun.


  4. I love this! I get so wrapped up in seasonal themes, but this is a great way to reinforce the skills that he has mostly mastered within the fun and exploring of a sensory bin! You're so smart! Thank you for sharing at WOTT!

    1. I just dumped things in a shoebox tote! It was great though, because he could play independently with everything in it, but my 5 year old could definitely take the "lead" and help if needed. It was actually a nice moment for me to watch him "teach" his brother their made-up game!

    2. I definitely look forward to watching Boogie interact with Bam Bam that way. So cute!

  5. Nice idea for a sensory tub. I love how they made the diamond using 2 triangles. Great problem-solving skills! Thanks for linking up this activity on Thinky Linky Thursday!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

  6. Looks like lots of fun!

  7. I never thought to put my threading beads in our sensory tubs! Thanks!

  8. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing it at Sharing Saturday!

  9. What a CLEVER idea for a sensory bin - so many activities!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week,
    Beth =-)