3 Fun Ways to Use Sensory Tools

written by: AUDREY CHANEY

Our Sensory Tools, also known as Pick Up Pals, are a great way for your child to work on their fine motor skills, and what makes it even better is that they get to have fun while doing so! We have put together 3 fun ways to play with our Pick Up Pals, and we canโ€™t wait to hear what you think. Read on if youโ€™re looking for new ways to incorporate this type of play into your day!

1. in a sensory bin - frozen fun fillers

One way to mix things up when prepping a sensory bin is reezing our Fun Fillers. This is sure to keep your kiddos entertained throughout the spring and summer months! This activity can be done on a rainy day inside or on a warm summer day when the sun is shining. I can guarantee that is will be sure to keep your little ones nice and cool!

Materials:

Directions:

  • Sprinkle desired amount of fun filler into each muffin cup.
  • Fill each cup up with water, give a little stir.
  • Freeze your fun filler cups for a few hours until frozen.
  • While you wait, fill one sensory bin on your sensory table with water and leave the other bin empty.
  • Once cups are completely frozen, pull out of the freezer and let sit for a couple of minutes to allow them time to loosen up - they will easily slide out after this!
  • Place your sparkly cups into the empty bin on your table and use Scooper Squid to scoop water from the other bin to begin the melting process of the frozen cups. Watch them slowly melt and turn your bin into something magical! Tiny Tongs and Puffer Pal will come in handy to pick up and transfer the frozen cups back and forth between bins until all of the frozen cups are completely dissolved. Donโ€™t forget to throw in some Glo Pals at the end to add some pizzazz!

2. bathtime - collect the pom poms

This activity is easy to prep but one that can keep your little ones hands busy for a long time! Who said simple has to be boring?! All you need is the following, and youโ€™re good to go:

Materials:

Directions:

  • Fill bathtub up โ€“ add some bubbles for extra fun!
  • Throw in as many pom poms as youโ€™d like.
  • Add in the Pick up Pals and encourage your kiddo to pick up the pom poms with Tiny Tongs and Scooper Squid and place them into Puffer Pal.
  • Repeat indefinitely!

3. in a sandbox - lego excavation

This is an activity you will probably want to do outside since it involves sand. A huge perk about our Pick Up Pals is that they can be used in wet and dry situations, this particular activity being the latter. This doesnโ€™t have to be done with legos but can be done with everyday objects or toys that your can find around the house โ€” think toy animals, buttons, etc.

Materials:

Directions:

  • Fill up your container with sand.
  • Hide legos or object of choice throughout the sand.
  • Watch as Puffer Pal slowly fills up as your little one uses Scooper Squid and Tiny Tongs to dig for and excavate treasure.
  • Repeat indefinitely!

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