Sensory Jars for Toddler Friday
I love the benefits of a good sensory jar. A jar that sparks curiosity and piques new interest.
For months I have been collecting these jars from Bionature Tomato Puree. Although I was not sure what I would use them for, I knew that I would use them eventually. Just like paper rolls, these too add up quickly!
Why Sensory Jars:
- Problem Solving - How can I get to the objects inside?
- Touching - Each jar was filled with a different texture.
- Sound - Each jar made a significantly different sound when shook.
- Inquiry - What happens when I shake the jars? Tip them over? Open them?
- Spacial Relations - How can I get these objects back into the glass jars?
- Sorting - When I dump all of the objects, how will I sort them?
How to Make Your Sensory Jars:
Boy, did I struggle at first to remove those sticky labels! I even debated keeping them on. That is until I found this helpful site that worked so easily! See here for their guide on how to remove labels from glass bottles.
Once the labels were removed, I looked for items around the house that would be safe to put into the jars. My 18 month still puts things in his mouth, so we play with these jars together. Stay close to your toddler when playing with small objects. If you think they could choke on them, you're probably correct. Don't take any chances.
Introduce the Sensory Jars and Observe
- What does your toddler do?
- How does your toddler explore the sensory jars?
- What reaction does your toddler have when they listen to the sensory jar?
- Once the top is unscrewed, what happens next?
You can learn a lot about your toddler by watching them play.
I know we can all use activities where we can walk away to wash the dishes, blow dry our hair, or simply stare out the window without someone pulling on our legs. But try to take a couple times per week to sit with your toddler and get to know them by how they play.
Have you tried making sensory jars?