- Pink Tower– 10 pink cubes which are graduated in size (you could use cube nesting blocks for a similar exercise without the expense)
- Brown Stair– 10 brown rectangular prisms, graduated in size
- Knobbed Cylinders– four sets of cylinders each in a wooden base; each set graduated by diameter, height, or both
- *Knobless Cylinders– four sets of colored cylinders; each set graduated by diameter, height or both; you can buy some extension cards here for a modest price
- *Geometric Solids– a box of wooden solids including sphere, cube, rectangular prism, triangle- and square-based pyramids, ovoid, ellipsoid, triangular prism, cylinder, and cone
- Geometric Metal Insets or *Geometric Cabinet– for exploration of shapes; used also for stenciling as a fine motor activity that is a precursor to writing
- Red Rods– 10 rods graduated in length, from 1 dm. to 1 m. (can be homemade).
- Color Tablets- I’ve made my own from paint samples at the hardware store. Get two of each color, cut them apart and laminate them. The child then either matches them, or orders them by shades
- Mystery Bag– this one is very well made and affordable and we love the feel of these little smooth solids, but I have also just used a fabric bag and put household objects and small toys inside
- Sandpaper Tablets- use different gradations of sandpaper, two of each, and have your child match them by touch only
- Matching fabrics by touch- corduroy, velvet, fabric with little bumps, satin, denim, etc.
- Sound cylinders– make them with film canisters or other similar-sized containers; fill with rice, sand, shells, confetti, etc. and have two of each kind to match
- Weight discrimination by touch alone (blindfolded)- use stones, or other like items and have your child put them in order by weight alone
- Sorting- by color (buttons, premade manipulatives, etc), shape (shells, coins, etc.; use a blindfold), size, or other characteristic
- Pattern blocks and templates
- Scent bottles- glass herb jars or other small jar can be filled with different items for olfactory exploration
- Taste exploration- with eye-dropper bottles filled with different tastes to discriminate
- Sensory bin- great for sorting, tactile exploration, etc. Here are some fabulous ideas.
Many of the above materials are even more challenging when the child is blindfolded!
You’ll notice that the works on the floor are all done on a mat. I purchased towel bath mats and we keep them rolled up in a basket. One of our first lessons in getting out a work was to demonstrate and practice how to unroll and reroll a mat. This mat becomes the child’s work space and the other children know not to interfere with or step on someone’s mat.
I’ll be giving away one of the sensorial works that we love at our house next Friday, February 18th. Be sure to come back and enter to win!
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