Quick Homeschooling Tip: Toys Don’t Have to be Toys



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Posted on May 16 2015 - 1:00am by Jill
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Sensory activities can be fun and educational for all types of learners. If you have a child that learns from sensory activities it can be daunting finding different things for your sensory bins to keep your student’s enticed while learning.

Quick Homeschooling Tip: Toys Don’t Have to be Toys

A simple way to add some fun and variety to your sensory learning is to re-task older toys, when appropriate. Recently the Disney movie Planes was popular, as well as its sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue. While the movies were fun to watch and learn with, they were also filled with lots of great toys. One of these was a portable map and miniature planes system, all enclosed in a book for ease of use and storage. This was very easy to re-task to a sensory activity and a writing assignment too.

Quick Homeschooling Tip: Toys Don’t Have to be Toys

As you can see, the small planes are perfect to stimulate little minds to play with.

Quick Homeschooling Tip: Toys Don’t Have to be Toys

Then, since the maps are great for endless play, they are HUGE. The maps were designed to be used on a large flat surface, but since sensory play is usually contained in standard paper sized trays to focus the play simply cut them down.

Quick Homeschooling Tip: Toys Don’t Have to be Toys

As you can see, the cut-up maps and miniature planes are perfect now for sensory activity and play and you can easily add any of your favorite sensory items to the bin such as water beads to rice and even bubble wrap. Then, once they are done playing with their new sensory activity you can ask them to talk about a scene they imagined or write a shot story about it. Either way, the new hours of sensory play will be fun for your children.

If you have a fun way to recycle your child’s older toys into sensory activities and lesson aides, why not share them here?

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