Saturday, March 19, 2011

* Sensory Box: Zoo Box

"C" suggested that we make a Zoo Box a few weeks ago 
and I thought it was a great idea. 
I'm always up for a new sensory box.

We Re-Cycled our dry Black-Eyed Peas box
(it was our Halloween Sensory box this fall) and added some Zoo Animals.

We rounded up some play fences from our Play Mobil farm and some fences
 from our various "lands"

I liked the way she built extra"cages" for animals outside of the box.
That's the Meercat habitat -- just like the prairie dogs at our zoo!

It was a great sorting activity for her to find and gather the animals
 and their families for the zoo.
(Farm animals, Ocean animals, Zoo animals)

We had to have a Giraffe family
(her favorite animal since she was a baby, other than kitty cats!)

As well as some Lions and Tigers
(oh my!)

A Zebra Family. 
See the monkey in our felt toilet paper tube tree?

A Panda family.

A lovely afternoon in the playroom sunshine.
Our doll house family took a field trip and had a lovely visit at the zoo. 

Happy Playing!

pink and green mama


Linda said...

Your sensory boxes are great...so fun for the kids.

amomwithalessonplan.com said...

I love that the sensory box is on the floor, I'm sure it made it so easy for C to extend her play. . .I can see a construction site in our near future.

Plants seeds of knowledge...for our future! said...

I absolutely adore this sensory box! I love the effect the black eyed peas gives!! Thanks for sharing this will be used next year at the beginning of the year when I do my unit!

Alicia Stucky said...

I've been really excited to create a sensory box for my son -- but I'm struggling over where I'll keep it when we're not using it. I'd like to use one about the same size as yours. Do you have any suggestions for me?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Alicia,

I keep two or three boxes going at a time in separate underbed style storage boxes. Some friends of mine keep them under beds, sofas, or buffets/tv hutches in family rooms. We keep ours stacked on a bottom shelf of a book case in our playroom. If they're filled with heavier stuff like pea gravel, a lot of rice, or fish tank gravel I have to help the girls get them on and off the shelves. I know some folks who keep a box or two going in their garage (with things like rice/oatmeal/ or sand). We have two boxes, one with oatmeal and one with moon sand that I can just drag out onto our driveway/patio on a warm sunny day, or even out into the grass. Then it doesn't matter if there are spills and clean up is a breeze!

Hope this helps!

(pink and green mama)

Jenny said...

awww so cute :D

Maggie said...

love this idea!! perhaps my pre-k kids will have a new zoo inspired sensory box next week :)

marta said...

i am so delighted with this blog. you've got such great ideas. am totally excited to create a sensory box. thank you!!! happy easter.

Deb Chitwood said...

Great sensory box, MaryLea ... and I love that your daughter was so involved in its creation! I featured your photo and post in my Montessori-Inspired Zoo Animal Unit at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2012/05/14/montessori-monday-montessori-inspired-zoo-animal-unit/

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