Thursday 8 November 2012

Kids Co-op - Shark Sensory Play

Its Kids Co-op time again, please link up your favourite kids activity posts and check out what everyone else is up to. This week I'm linking up the following:
I found a cool Ladybird book on sharks and as Goblin seems particularly interested in them I decided to make a shark sensory bin. Amazon is my go to for all things so I got searching and quickly found a brilliant set of sharks
I had resisted buying aquarium gravel for some time. I have seen some great sensory bins using the stuff but I'd always thought it was too pricey. But I decided to splash out and bought some blue gravel. When I say it's pricey I think I hadn't appreciated that for £10 you could get 8kg. Or more to the point I hadn't realised how much 8kg was. It filled an entire under-the-bed box. That is an unnecessarily huge amount and had I realised I probably would have gone for a smaller bag.
A small note of caution, aquarium gravel is literally a huge quantity of tiny stones so if your child is still mouthing things this probably isn't a sensible sensory play option. Its not so much a choking thing but I don't think they'd be great to ingest.
To Goblin's shark sensory bin I added flat marbles and sea shells. I thought the finished article looked rather appealing. However when Goblin discovered it he set to work removing every last shark, sea shell and marble he could find.
Then resorted to form and got his diggers out. Well you can't say I didn't try!
And now to the linky

I'm sharing this with
For the Kids FridayOne Artsy MamaLadybird LnI Can Teach My ChildPhotobucketSerenity you


  1. Wow, I hadn't thought about using gravel. It would definitely be a different sensory experience. I love the brilliant blue.

  2. Creative, I soooo like it. Can't wait to do it for my kids. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Newest follower here! I found you through the Saturday blog hop :) Such a cute idea, I love it.

    P.S. I’m doing a $50 Shabby Apple giveaway on my blog. You should check it out here:

  4. I love that you tied the shark book into the sensory bin! What a fantastic way to encourage their exploration! Thanks for sharing this on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes this week! We love having you join us! Have a great week!
    Mackenzie :)

  5. oooh - love your shark sensory bin!!!

    Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week,
    Beth =-)

  6. My how Goblin has grown! Featuring this fab play in my roundup of the kids co-op this week. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration yet again Monko. xoxo Pauline

  7. Love the sensory bin! We visited our local aquarium lately, and the sharks were definitely the favorite. Thanks for sharing with The Sunday Showcase.

  8. Oh, how fun!! I love your bin. Thank you so much for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!


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