Spider Sensory Tub

 
 
 
Can you believe we had spiders hiding in our sensory tub??!!

(E was 26 months old.)



 

You’ll need:

  • Yellow and blue rice. {If you’d like to learn how to make colored rice, check out the Blue Rice Sensory Tub article.}
  • Storage bin.
  • Plastic spiders.
  • Kitchen tools.
  • Cups.

 

 
 
This was another super simple sensory tub that kept E’s attention for 20 minutes.
 
 
Can you believe we had spiders hiding in our sensory tub??!!

 

E went straight for the spiders and checked them out.

 

Can you believe we had spiders hiding in our sensory tub??!!
 
 
Can you believe we had spiders hiding in our sensory tub??!!
 

She put rice back on top of them to bury them

 

Can you believe we had spiders hiding in our sensory tub??!!
 
 
Can you believe we had spiders hiding in our sensory tub??!!
 
 
but she didn’t really linger on them too much.

She did go back to them for a short while a few times but overall, she was a lot more interested in manipulating the rice.

Trying to get somewhere with tongs,

 

Can you believe we had spiders hiding in our sensory tub??!!
 

and making marks in the rice with her spatula.

 

Can you believe we had spiders hiding in our sensory tub??!!
 

Using a ladle to fill a plastic bottle,

 

Can you believe we had spiders hiding in our sensory tub??!!
 

then a different kind of ladle

 

Can you believe we had spiders hiding in our sensory tub??!!
 

and finally her hands

 

Can you believe we had spiders hiding in our sensory tub??!!
 

before dumping the whole thing again.

 

Can you believe we had spiders hiding in our sensory tub??!!
 

E had a lot of fun playing with the rice in many different ways, and when she’d had enough, she simply put all her tools and containers back into the tub and declared she was done.

 

Can you believe we had spiders hiding in our sensory tub??!!



 

What I learned:

  • Another simple idea that took seconds to put together and kept E busy and happy for 20 minutes! {Granted I already had the colored rice but preparing it only takes a few minutes of work and no more than a day for it to dry while you can do a few other fun activities.}
  • It wasn’t even the spiders that she liked best of all 😉
  • It was the first time I observed her doing the same thing in such a variety of ways.



 

Additional suggestions:

  • Bury other interesting items in the rice.
  • Add more to the creepy crawly theme.



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