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Today we are talking about one of the popular and useful craft activity for your kid (infants and toddler) – a sensory box.

Beautiful, captivating, developing imagination and fine motor skills, entertaining for a long time, and also an inexpensive toy … What it can be?

We are talking about a sensory box, which any parents can do with their own hands for a child. This simple invention is probably familiar to all of us. Many of today’s adults in childhood loved to sort out grandmother’s baskets with buttons, digging in a jar with fathers nuts and screws, and it’s not worth talking about exciting sandbox games – everyone loved them and now loves them. The sensory box combines all these “charms” – it is a container with loose or liquid filler and game elements of your choice.

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Kids usually quickly find a way to play with this toy without any adults help. Most of the sensory boxes are filled with something loose, and they can be played the same way as in a sandbox: pour the filler from the container into the container, bury and dig objects. Touching objects with different texture, kids enrich their tactile experience. A variety of games that are applicable to the sensory box can be very diverse. That’s why this toy can be universal and widely used.

What age are sensory boxes for?

The sensory box can be offered to a baby who has already learned to sit up.

Sensory box for children up to a year (from 6-8 months)

The sensory box for infants should not contain small details as they are striving to try everything on a tooth. How to fill the box? You can choose objects according to any ideas (only wooden, or only round, or of the same color). Also, on the contrary, you can offer to the child a full box of various “interesting things”: balls, rags, rattles, soft little animals, cubes. The main thing is that it shouldn’t contain items that swallow or hurt. The sensory box itself should not be very big – a wicker basket, a plastic bowl or a shallow basin is enough for the kids.

The sensory box will definitely attract the infant: a combination of various objects that can be picked up with fingers, shifted, felt, and some also make sounds – rustling, ringing or at least knocking – will not leave the child indifferent.

1-2 years

For children 1-2 years old, who no longer drag everything into their mouths, you can make a sensory box with a smaller (although, preferably, edible) filling: cereals, pasta, and dough.

Of course, the game should be under parents’ control. Now for the game will be useful “tools”: a big spoon, skimmer, shovel, rake, and even tongs.

How to play? Children really like to find objects hidden in the filler of the sensory box. Hide 10-12 toys and ask the child to find them. Suggest your child sort toys by color, size, texture or form in two containers (buckets, plates, jars). Does the child have a good time doing this with his hands? Let them try to repeat, using a spoon or skimmer! During the game with the sensory box a child can study the colors, shapes, and other properties of objects. The sensory box perfectly develops coordination and agility – for example, you can catch fish or other toys from a container filled with water.

2.5-3 years old

With children older than 2.5-3 years, it is already possible to organize real thematic games in a sensory box. You can create different stories with your child, based on preferences and imagination. Does your son love cars and everything related to them? Make a mini-car service or high-speed track. Is your daughter crazy about fairies? Then your option is a fabulous meadow. There are a lot of ideas, just use your imagination and have a good time!

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How to choose a table for crafts activities for your kid?

Our Art Light Activity table🎨 can be used as a regular writing desk that grows with your baby and is a multifunctional play and creative zone

For crafts activities and creative development, a kid should have a certain place in a room.
Be more specific – a children’s table. But before buying it is necessary to understand the
nuances and differences of this piece of furniture.

In age about 1,5-2 years there comes a moment when children begin to realize themselves
as individuals: they strive to do a lot on their own, repeat what their parents do, find
interesting activities for themselves.

Reduced copies of adult things help children realize their own importance and significance
in this world. Kids’ tables (and chairs for children, which are often included) serve the same
purpose. Kids should have a place in the room where they can draw, sculpt, play board
games – do “important things” like mom or dad at the desk.

Children’s table: what should we pay attention to?

1. Tables for children must be strong, stable, but not heavy, and must be appropriate for the
age and height of the child. It is better to navigate according to the information below:

Age          Height of a child       Height of a table
1-2yo             31-35in                          13,5-15,5in
2-4yo            35-39in                          15,5-17,5in
3-6yo            38-45in                          17,5-19,5in

Creativity has no boundaries, that’s why children’s drawings from paper often transfer to the
walls. To prevent this, a kid should take a separate piece of the wall. It can be pasted over
with special wallpaper-coloring or painted with slate paint, on which you can draw with
chalk. If this is not possible, then chalkboards and paper canvases mounted directly on the
wall will be a real Solution. It allows a child to draw both standing and sitting.

The properly organized storage system is a guarantee of an order, which is often missing in
creative corners. Here you can use plastic and metal containers, where it is convenient to
put paints and albums. Pencils and pens conveniently put in metal cans, decorative
buckets. Fastening supplies for creativity is also convenient to put into different pockets or
board with holes (pegboard), roof rails and magnetic boards.

Even the youngest artist dreams of his own Exhibition. A wall at the creative corner can be
decorated with drawings of the child. For example, place them in a frame or fasten with
decorative clothespins. All kids will be pleased to admire their work and it can be a good
decoration solution.

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Welcome to all people who help kids to develop themselves and learn in a new creative way.
You will agree with us that the sensual sphere is very important in our life, both for adults and for our children. And it is necessary to take care of its development since childhood.
Today we are starting a new series of articles about sensory play. There will be a lot of ideas. And maybe, you can offer such wonderful games to your children, grandchildren, have fun and interesting time with them, find exactly new ideas for creating with them.
Of course, pictures and pleasant sounds, delicate aromas have great importance, but it is tactile sensations that are most powerful and significant. By the way, our skin is the largest organ of the human body. It is a tactile knowledge that helps babies to begin their acquaintance with the world. And it can be called leading throughout the entire period of preschool childhood.
And now we realized how important it is to give these feelings to children. sand-sensory-play-for-children
So why sensory play is so important for our kids?

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