Sensory Boxes

I don’t post about my boys anywhere near as much as I intended to when I started this blog. Being a full-time mum to two boisterous, energetic and demanding children is just what goes on ALL THE TIME, so I’ve tended to focus on other things.

However, they are obviously the biggest and most important thing in my life every single day, so I thought I’d make the effort to share a little more.

After feeling inspired by this post about sensory bins and this guest post about sifting flour from mummyflyingsolo, I decided to make an activity box for both boys and test it out. I wasn’t brave enough to try the flour first… but I do have a bag ready, plus two sieves ๐Ÿ˜‰

My boys are 3.5 years and 22 months, so I was pretty certain they would love the idea.

I made two identical boxes with a plastic box, a plastic scoop, 4 toy dinosaurs (to bury) and half a bag of Asda Smart Price rice (~40p). I ย also gave them both a separate bowl for scooping rice into.

It started well:

sensory boxes

But within approximately 2.5 minutes, DS2 had tipped his rice all over the floor, whizzed it around with his hands and then started ย crying for access to DS1’s box.

See how in this next picture DS1 is still playing beautifully, while DS2 admires the mess he has made (and yes, I have given him the dustpan and brush).

sensory boxes

When we put the boxes away (much excitement over a new one tomorrow), the whole of the downstairs of our (not overly huge) house, ย had little grains of rice all over it.

I’m hoping that as the mornings go by, DS2 will learn that his box isn’t as much fun when it’s spread all over the floor.

Although I guess that sensory input is just as valid under his little toes as it is from his little hands, right?

6 thoughts on “Sensory Boxes

  1. Your DS2 sounds just like my littlest, Samuel! I fill little water containers outside on our back porch for him to scoop & pour FROM, but he dumps the container within a few minutes (at best). Also does this with bubbles. ๐Ÿ™„ Then he wants more. He has yet to learn…haha
    He will be 22 months on the 8th of July (birthday Sept 8th). When is your son’s birthday? ๐Ÿ˜€

    • They are pretty close! DS2 is 2 on 24th August – I remember the 3 months before and after DS1s 2nd birthday being quite trying – it’s definitely easier second time around when you know it’s all a phase ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Yes, it IS easier! I am much more relaxed. I see him as the young, sweet thing he is, even when he’s making a mess. Not that I don’t show him the correct way to do things, but I don’t get bothered. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • My pleasure ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait for the flour – I can already imagine the state of the house, ha ha ha!

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