Tuesday, October 4, 2011

* Preschool At Home: Apple Themed Sensory Box

"C"s preschool teachers are doing an Apple themed unit of study this week.
A perfect start for fall. 
I volunteered to make some sensory boxes for their preschool and this is the
apple sensory box I put together for them. 

"C" helped me put it together and we had fun coming up with this 
simple little box. I can't wait to hear what the kids think of it this week.

We started with dried split green peas, 
you could also use green paper easter grass or green dyed rice.
I do recommend the peas, they have a lovely texture and are half the fun 
of this sensory experience!

The small brown craft foam tree came from the dollar bins at Target,
it came with some foam leaves and a little scarecrow that we added
to their fall sensory box kit. 

The tiny straw brooms are some from our craft stash 
that we use with our Fairies in our homemade Fairy House
(I think you might be able to find them at the craft store but I may have ordered mine online.)

Then we added a small wooden scoop, small buckets and pails
and this little wooden rake we had left over from a Dollar Tree Zen Garden Kit.

It was "C"s awesome idea to add some real Cinnamon Sticks as well.

The tiny red apples in this bucket are tiny red styrofoam balls from Dollar Tree
that are intended to be filler for centerpieces.

I picked up the larger faux apples from JoAnne's Craft store with a coupon
from the floral/wreath making department.

"C" (age 4.5) and "E" (age 8.5) helped me make these felt trees for the box.
It's tricky to make apple trees, these look a bit more like 
the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom coconut tree...

I'm thinking we need to make a set of felt alphabet letters
and bring them over for a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom lesson/sensory box!

Here are our felt trees with red pom-pom apples.
You can pick the "apples" and then put them back on again later!

The apple box organized by my 8 year old, "E".
She likes everything to be neat and tidy! "C" calls it "Order-nized" : )

Happy Sensory Box Playing!

Next up, I'll show and tell this year's Fall Sensory Box.

Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea


Andrea said...

Oh Wow so beautiful!
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Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

I love all your sensory boxes! How many different ones do you have ? and Do you keep them all in storage? At my daughters preschool they have pretty awesome sensory bins, but not his cool! I wonder if there is a business in this? You could sell different themed ones! My daughter would absolutely love this apple bin! They are a work of art!

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

PS Does your older daughter play with the sensory boxes too?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Melissa -- I usually keep 2-3 different sensory boxes going at a time in our house/playroom. I store the "ingredients" in ziplock bags on a shelf in the garage and some things are from our playroom/toy stash or my kitchen so I just raid those places for "ingredients" as necessary!

And YES, YES, YES!! My older daughter absolutely plays with them as does EVERY child who comes to our house regardless of their ages. Grown ups like them too! ; ) But my older daughter would not be happy with me for letting that secret out!

I have a Pinterest board going with different sensory box ideas including my own. Sounds like it's time for another sensory box post with more details!


Olives and Pickles said...

This is one of the coolest bins I've seen.like it.thanks or posting it.

leahsthoughts.com said...

I absolutely love this craft! Thanks for the inspiration. I was looking for a fall craft to do with my daughter and this is it! I know she'll love making it.

Sue Pienaar - SPRead English said...

Great! I love it. Thanks for sharing! Sue Pienaar

Liberty said...

Such a cute box - wish I'd seen this a couple weeks back. Filed for next season.

Deb Chitwood said...

That is one awesome sensory box ... I totally love it, MaryLea! So many fun little activities for eye-hand coordination included as well! I featured your photo and post in my Montessori-Inspired Apple Unit: http://livingmontessorinow.com/2011/09/22/montessori-inspired-apple-unit/

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Thanks Deb! I got to volunteer in "C"s classroom yesterday and the sensory box is a huge hit with her classmates : )


Julie said...

I love everything about your blog. As a mother of four and a preschool teacher you are my go to resource. Thank you for sharing!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Thank you Julie!
Such nice words, you made my night! : )


Jen said...

What an awesome sensory box!

Debbie said...

I love this sensory tub so much that I made one similar to it! If you'd like to see what I did, it's at Our Cup of Tea. I gave credit to you as my inspiration. : )

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

That's great Debbie! Thank you : )

Jen said...

Hello! I shared this bin with a small photo and link today on my post. Hope you don't mind- thanks!!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Jen -- Yay! Thank you : )


jonel cuenca said...


You did a great job by mixing these mediums. And i love the vibrant color of red and green. Excellent work MaryLea!

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Tammy said...

Love this! I added a link to my post All About Apples! You can see the post here http://www.housingaforest.com/cardboard-apple-trees/

Vivian said...

A fun thing to add for apple theme is gummy worms!

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