Yesterday we played with apple pie scented play dough. I will have the play dough available all week. Today, I added a new apple themed activity for my 3 1/2 year old son to try.
Here is the apple themed sensory box I set out for him on an apple vinyl tablecloth on the floor. It isn’t anything fancy, but he has been enjoying it.
To make the box I simply put beans, rice, a few detergent lids, a toilet paper tube, a spoon, some alphabet letters and some plastic apples in a shallow plastic tote box.
A few years ago I made an apple fishing game from some plastic apples. I had hot glued some pipe cleaners to the top of each apple, curved them so they could be hooked by a loop, and then added a piece of twine with a loop on the end to a dowel rod.
My son loved fishing for the apples and we worked on number recognition while playing. I had numbered the apples 1-12, but only added 1-5 to the sensory box today.
Finally, my little guy enjoyed some simple scooping and pouring with a toilet paper tube on top of a detergent lid.
Just a note, some beans and rice may get outside of the box. This is why I put the tablecloth under the box. A sheet would work as well. You could also incorporate another learning experience to this activity by giving your child a small broom and dustpan to clean up any mess when he or she is finished playing.