I love shape sorters (affiliate link). I’ve tried a DIY shape sorter for C and I’ve received one as a gift. They both are great, however C plays with them for about two seconds. He just wants to move, especially now that he is walking. As a physical therapist I’m always thinking “big” since I work to enhance large motor skills.
It all begins with a cardboard box. My husband understands that no cardboard boxes can go into recycling until he runs it by me. For this particular project I used a convertible car seat box.
On the side that was already open I added some velcro. It can either be hot glued on or a even better way would be to buy this kind of velcro. That way the balls couldn’t escape out the side but would be easily accessible.
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Our Big Sensory Box is one of our best toys in the playroom! We started using it when C was about 6-7 months old and at 14 months old it’s still getting use.
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2 thoughts on “Jumbo Shape Sorter”
Nothing beats a big ole cardboard box. I love that you’re realistic about toddler attention spans – 5 minutes is a huge win! As an OT, I hear parents report that their itty bitty kiddo only played with an activity for 5 minutes without realizing that not only is that great attention, but that there is SO much learning that can happen in 5 minutes. Parents ask me all the time about play activities for older babies – I’ll be sure to share this one!
Thanks for reading. I agree I always try to remember to add that to my posts so people know its normal! Thanks for being willing to share!