Invitation to Explore Sensory Tubes
A sensory tube or bottle is any sealable container filled with a base with different types of objects to develop their senses and encourage exploration. These two sets from Discount School supply are the Excellerations® Visual Tracking Sensory Tubes and Learning Resources Sensory Tubes Set. To enhance this invitation you can place it on a mirror. Mirrors naturally draw the child to the exploration of reflection, perception and appearance and it is a rather calming experience as they explore.
Sensory play is crucial to development throughout a child’s life. Children explore the world through their senses. This does not mean only exploring through touch but sight, smell, hearing and taste as well. “Sensory exploration is a child’s way of examining, discovering, categorizing, and making sense of the world, and it’s beneficial to provide them with opportunities for sensory play.” Amanda Moriri.
Sensory tubes help young children relax and soothe themselves by focusing on the motion and sound happening inside the tube.
Each tube has objects that make a unique visual and sound quality that will help children begin to explore objects and develop observational skills. They also aide with understanding spatial relationships, problem solving, and hand-eye coordination. The best part is that they grow with your child through all their stages and can be used in multitude of ways while they play!