In the studio, we can warm-up before a big project in a variety of ways; this can be open-ended drawing or painting, play-doh, or even sensory boxes! For this project we made a sensory box for each student so sharing space or materials wasn’t an issue.
Sensory bins can be filled with just about anything. Here are some examples of Studio Sprout bins:
In this bin, we have black sand, nature objects like pine cones, and plastic critters.
All the bins have measuring spoons, test tubes, and cups so students can pour and sort. Filling, pouring, and moving material from one spoon or cup to the next supports early math skills related to understanding volume.