Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sensory - Treasure Hunt & Matching Game

This sensory treasure hunt & matching game is my most successful sensory bin to date. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that though this bin seemed pretty simple, it helped Little C practice several different skills. Before I get too involved in that, let me tell you what was in the bin.
  • Colored rice
  • 2 red triangles from a shape sorting game
  • 2 orange baby spoons
  • 2 yellow pipe cleaner "springs" (I cut one pipe cleaner in half and wrapped each piece around a pencil to coil it)
  • 2 green pom poms
  • 2 blue gift bows
  • 2 purple toy eggplants
  • 2 brown pine cones
  • 2 seashells
  • 2 measuring cups for scooping

There wasn't enough rice to completely bury all the items, but I hid as many as I could then asked Little C to hunt for treasure in the bin and see if she could find all the matching items. As she found them, we named the items and she told me what color each was (except for the seashells). I tried to find items of different sizes and textures and you could easily add more vocabulary to the activity by discussing those attributes.

After discovering all of the items, Little C had a lot of fun burying them again as well as scooping rice into the triangles and onto the pine cones - the rice made a fun sound on the pine cones! We took turns hiding the small items in the rice and having the other person find them. This activity could be repeated with countless different themes like shapes, numbers & letters or something seasonal. I think we'll have to revisit this activity soon, maybe with a beach or pirate theme for the summer!

Note: Please remember that any sensory bin requires supervision!

Age: 23 months


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