A Fall Mystery Box

What could it be? 
What could it be?  
Take a look.
Oh!
And they knew just what to do with it!



I let each child explore the Mystery Box on their own before they played with each other.  They absolutely loved both experiences!  In addition to the sensory experience, they practiced science skills (like measuring, sorting, experimenting, pouring, predicting), exploration, and sharing.  Wow!


This is the perfect exploration activity for toddlers and preschoolers!  They both learned so much in such a short time, and they were still exploring when I decided it was time to put it away.  Who knew a bucket of beans was so exciting?!!


What is in a Fall Sensory Box?  (I called it "Mystery" because my preschooler loves a good mystery!)

* two types of beans
* 1 small container of pumpkins and pinecones (on clearance because Halloween is over!)
* 1 medium sized pumpkin
* 1 medium sized gourd
* measuring cups (I expect that when the novelty of the beans wears off, Kaia will notice the numbers on the cups and we can talk about that then.)


The Mystery Box became even more exciting when Daddy joined the fun!


Clearly, if your toddler still puts things in his mouth, you will need very large objects in your mystery box.  Luckily, we are just getting past that stage with Harry! 



We will be doing more sensory Mystery Boxes in the future...they are so much fun!  I think this fall one will last a few more weeks, though, and then I'll try a Christmas theme!

6 comments:

Chels November 22, 2011 at 9:46 AM  

Seriously, you are SUCH a good mommy!

Missional Mama November 22, 2011 at 1:35 PM  

What a great idea and fun!

Amy @ Missional Mama

Jamie November 22, 2011 at 3:12 PM  

stopping by from the HHH,The bins look like such a great idea.

Jamie November 22, 2011 at 3:12 PM  

stopping by from the HHH,The bins look like such a great idea.

Jansen Family November 22, 2011 at 9:12 PM  

Aw, thanks Chels!

Thanks Amy, It is a ton of fun!

Thanks, Jamie, The kids seriously LOVE it!

Carla

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