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Friday, January 9, 2009

Oatmeal Sensory Box --Keep 'Em Busy When It's Gross Outside!


Mini-Saurus "cooking" in her Oatmeal Box.

So this is the box that started it all. The famous oatmeal box. I made one for the Frog Princess (now almost 6 years old) when she was a toddler. It was a great way to keep her entertained in my kitchen while I cooked dinner or unloaded the dishwasher. Also a fantastic distraction when the weather outside is awful (winter and summer!) She loved it then and still loves it today. If she ate some of it, no harm no foul, it was just some extra fiber. I didn't introduce the sand table outside until this box was mastered and I knew the "tasting" stage was over.

I recycle fruit snack or pudding cups, detergent caps, and spice bottles for experiments with pouring and filling. It is great for hand eye coordination, fine motor development and serves as a great sensory experience. Both of my girls have a great time digging in. When they're done they get a little Montessori-style lesson in cleaning up with small dust pans and brooms. Don't be afraid of a little clean up at your house! It is a great learning tool and a gentle way to teach siblings how to play nicely together.

Go check out my old posts about my Ocean Box, Construction Box, and Winter Box. I just gave my favorite two year old up the street an Ocean box for her birthday last weekend and every kid (all ages from 8 years-22 months) dove into it for the next 30 minutes of the party. Same thing happened when I gave my other friend's little boy a Construction box for his birthday. Sometimes a box of rocks (or sand...or oatmeal) is all they need to have fun!

9 comments:

Noah's Mommy said...

love it....

KGW said...

your daughter has to love all the cool stuff you come up with for her....love the gandhi quote

Not Hannah said...

Groovy. Totally nabbing this idea for River.

Kalisha/ Reneca said...

Cool--I never thought to use oatmeal. I've only done pasta and of course they play with plenty of sand at the park.
Thanks for sharing! and Happy New Year!
Kalisha

Jen said...

Awesome idea! I've done it with rice, but I love the oatmeal idea!!! Thanks for sharing!
Jen at Creative and Curious Kids!
http://raisingcreativeandcuriouskids.blogspot.com

humpsNbump said...

This is great idea. While my baby isn't even born yet (due in April) I will really try to remember this for when he/she is old enough. Thanks for sharing!!

~ humps

Heather said...

I made an oatmeal box for my little guy last week, thanks to you. :) He was wary of the oatmeal (similarly, he doesn't like to play in sandboxes), but he was very intrigued and poured quite a bit on the kitchen floor and himself. I think he's going to dig it after a few times. Thanks for a great idea!

Heather

Ashley said...

I made this for my 19 month old and she absolutely LOVES it and goes to her "box" every morning upon waking and wants to play! What a WONDERFUL idea. I'm so glad I found your blog and am sharing with my other momma friends! Thank you!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Thanks Ashley!

Glad you're both having fun with your oatmeal box : )

-MaryLea

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