Sorting Shapes in our Sensory Bin is a fun activity for children to learn about shapes, colours while developing their fine motor skills.
This activity is great for sensory exploration and involves catching and scooping up coloured shape buttons and sorting them into the matching containers. The catch, scooping and releasing action mimics that of a child using scissors and provides a safe and fun opportunity to develop scissor skills.
What you will need?
I love how the black aquarium rocks really bring out the colours in the shape buttons. We plan to use the black rocks in a space theme activity later.
- A simple game: name the shape, scoop it with the scooper scissors, match it to the correct container, release the button into the container and have another go.
- Hide all the shape buttons underneath rocks. Using your hands, sift and feel through the rocks to find them.
- Sort by colour.
- Make a track (like stepping stones) with the buttons on top of the black rocks.
- Add other props and toys to the sensory bin to encourage imaginative play.
- Fine motor, control and coordination
- Scissor skills and practice using one
- Mathematics: recognising shapes and their characteristics
- Imagination and creativity
- Problem solving and trial and error – over coming challenges
Other activities using the handy scoopers
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