I always wanted to make a little sensory board for C when he was a baby. I envisioned him using it during tummy time or we could use it for floor play. I had a pin sitting on my Pinterest board. In the end I never made it. Now that my little guy is moving all over the place I’m pretty sure I missed that train.
Luckily we apparently saved a large cardboard box in our basement from our lawn mower that we bought 4 years ago (do not ask me why we saved it)! I was planning to throw out the box until I had some inspiration from Imagination Tree’s Cardboard Box Play Tunnel and Meri Cherry’s Sensory Boxes and decided to come up with my own sensory box!
I just took a bunch of different materials from around our house that I could find to use in the sensory box. The best part I finally had a purpose for the single socks that we have in a basket. I’m not quite sure how we always have so many laying around. I also opted for duct tape to adhere everything to my box. There are so many fun colors and designs that you can get with duct tape now!
1. I used a box cutter to cut off the flaps of the cardboard box and went around all of the edges with duct tape just to make sure there wasn’t anything sticking out that I missed.
2. I added glitter glue to what would be the back wall of the box.
3. I added the socks to the top of the box by poking holes with a screwdriver and sticking the socks through the holes with a knot on the top.
4. I added the bubble wrap and different carpet squares to the walls and bottom of the box.
It was simple! I just had to wait a bit before letting C play with it so the glitter glue could dry.
Once he got the opportunity to play he immediately was attracted to the bubble wrap. He loved to touch it and feel it with his feet when he sat on it. He felt all the carpet squares, pulled on the socks and touched the glitter glue.
I have it out in his playroom so he can come and go as he pleases since he is flying around the room 100 miles per hour! In the end I guess I’m glad we had a ton of unmatched socks and a box we saved for four years…