Today, I would like to share an entertaining sensory activity that I have been doing with my kids for the past few weeks.
I purchased a few small themed items from the scrapbooking store, placed them on a white piece of paper, took a picture, labeled them using Photoshop (you can use any image editor), and then I printed it out.
In this instance I used beans and hid the zoo themed animals in the beans. I placed the cards on the side of the tray so that my kids knew what they were looking for and were then able to match the items to their pictures.
When the kids were done playing with this I placed the cards and animals in a small container. Each time I create an activity like this I place the cards and items in a container and stack them on top of one another. I can then take them out and hide them in a big bowl/container with a different sensory medium.
The items can be placed in water, rice, beans, oats, pom poms, sand, and whatever else you have on hand.
What I love most about this is that you can mix it up in endless ways.
Here is anotherÂ Sensory “Treasure” hunts that I recently set out for the kids:
Doctor themed items hidden within rice.
If you are not able to make the cards then you can still hide random items and get your children to find them and name what they are:
Here I hid dragonflies and little bears. When the kids would find an item that was not a pom pom I would ask them what it is and they would tell me what it was called as well as the color it was.
It really does not matter what you hide in there because the kids have a blast searching for anything out of the norm. This is an excellent activity to keep your kids distracted when you need a few minutes to yourself, or to cook, or clean.