We’ve been celebrating World Space Week (October 4 to 10) with lots of space themed play. Today we created a spaced themed sensory tub.
Our Space themed sensory tub supplies:
Silver metallic card stock
Set of plastic planets (ours are from a glow in the dark set we purchased at the dollar store)
Various glass pebbles
Stones spray painted silver (we had these left over from the “moon rock” treasure hunt at R’s 4th space themed birthday party)
Glow in the dark stars
Space themed stickers (not pictured)
For the base of our space themed sensory tub we used black aquarium rocks – perfect for creating the out space look. They were glittery as well which add a lovely “starry” effect to the tub.
R couldn’t wait to get started with putting this together after I laid out our supplies. He is now four, and I’ve been making sensory tubs for him since he was about two and a half. He still loves them. He is much more actively involved in their creation now and is always excited when we get started on making a new one. This what we put together this time.
I cut the glittery silver card stock in half and wrapped it around the back of the tub. R then applied some space themed stickers and arranged the other elements how he wanted them. It’s important to provide kids with some “tools” to use with sensory tubs so that they can engage in lots of scooping and pouring. For our space sensory tub I set out a couple of bowls, some wooden spoons, a gold miniature shovel and R’s magnifying glass.
R began star gazing with his magnifying glass, pointing out planets, comets and galaxies.
R then set to work digging the aquarium rocks, scooping them up, and transferring them to the bowls I had set out for him.
When the bowls were filled with aquarium rocks, R then poured them back into the tub.
This tub was a big hit with R. He even decided he didn’t want to watch his current favourite TV show (Iron Man) because he would much rather play with our new sensory tub. Now that’s what I like to see!
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This spaced themed sensory tub is being shared as part of the World Space Week blog hop hosted by Rainy Day Mum and the other wonderful blogs listed below.
Visit the links below for more spaced themed ideas including our jet pack dress up costume and spaced themed birthday party. We would love for you to link up your own spaced themed posts as well.