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Sensory Box
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A Sensory Box is a container filled with any kind of tactile material that kids explore with their hands. With a Sensory Box children are using their sight, touch and smell to experience their environment in a totally new way. Itís a great way for children to engage their senses and also to relax. Sensory Box
What We Learn
Helps kids manage their emotions
Gets kids in touch with their senses
Teaches cooperation and conflict resolution
Supply List
Drop-cloth or bed sheet
Plastic dishpans or bins
Plastic scoops or spoons of various sizes and shapes
Small measuring cups
Bag of cocoa mulch, fine sand, bird seed, shaving cream or other materials
How-To
For the Sensory Box you will need a container to hold all the tactile materials you collect. If the material is messy and you are working indoors, be sure to put down an old sheet or drop cloth to make clean up easier.

To start with, get all the kids together and give one separate bin to two to three kids to share. Then encourage them to start to fill up and dump out the material from the Sensory Box, either with the spoons you supplied or with their hands.

You will be surprised to notice that once the activity begins, not a word is said. The kids will be so busy focusing on what they are feeling, that they will hardly pay attention to you. And if youíre lucky, it will help them get along and also relax.
Find Activities

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Resources
California Child Care Health Program and the Child Care Healthline
1-800-333-3212
 
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