On February 14, 2008 I bought a Rubbermaid container and 4 bags of alphabet pasta. It was our Valentine's day present for the, then almost-two-year-old, firefighter. We filled the container with the noodles and several of his favourite construction vehicles and voila, our very own construction site! Eight years ago the total cost for everything was less than $20.
Many years later we still have the same box and the same noodles. Although many have been sacrificed to the dog and vacuum.
The noodle box is a toy that is kept behind closed doors. I bring it out for the firefighter when I am working. He will put the lid beside him and take out all the toys he doesn't want to use. He will play happily for 30-45 minutes.
The monkey also loves the noodle box but he needs be supervised as noodles usually end up spread far and wide. I find the fewer toys I leave in the box, the more creative (and less disastrously messy) the play is.
It makes for a great rainy day or "I need 15 minutes to get dinner ready" activity). We also have a rubbermaid container filled with Moon sand and assorted scooping and digging toys.
Do you have any sensory box activities at your house?
Sara is a photographer and mom to three boys - find her at Sara McConnell Photography