Beach Sensory Tub

Beach Sensory Tub

My son adores sensory tubs and I love the challenge of finding new fun things to put a theme together. This time it’s all about sun and sand, well around here we have sand but the sun has been a little lacking. Still you don’t need it, you can imagine it with this fun tub. So even if you are landlocked in the middle of the continent enjoy scooping, pouring and finding shells with this great sensory activity.

  1. Gather your materials. I got everything I am using at a bog box store in a little town, so hopefully it’s not a challenge for anyone. Look in the home decor aisle for sand, and pebbles. A plastic dish tub,  2 different types of sand, 1 bag of shells, a beach rake and shovel, some plastic sea animals and large glass beads.Beach Sensory Tub
  2. Start by having your child pour the sand in the tub.Beach Sensory Tub Beach Sensory Tub
  3. Let them explore each step as they desire. My son would have been pleased as punch not to add anything more, and you will see when he starts playing he decided to take everything but the sand out.Beach Sensory Tub
  4. Add the shells.Beach Sensory Tub
  5. Add the pebbles and sea toys.Beach Sensory Tub
  6. Play!Beach Sensory Tub We hid things and he dug them up, then he decided this was a sand only beach and took much time and effort to get everything but the sand out. I even had to get him a sieve to use. Either way he had fun.Beach Sensory Tub


Need a song to sing today ?
Little Fishy goes with this beach theme.

Beach Books

Otto Goes to the Beach by Todd Parr was a steal of a deal at the Goodwill last week! I got a hardcover in perfect condition for 70 cents. My bargain hunting aside, I really enjoy this book as did my son. Otto is a dog who goes to the beach, but no one wants to do the same things as he does, even the fish swim the other way! In the end after feeling very sad Otto finds a new friend and all his misery is forgotten. I love Todd Parr books, I love the insanely bright colors, the cute simplistic illustrations and I love the messages they send. This book followed his other books perfectly and provided a great final message about not giving up finding a friend who will like all the same things you do!

Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Melanie Watt is so funny. I love books like this that have absurd humor thrown in. Before you even read the story on the inside flap you will notice a blurb that ends with “This story is not suitable for pirates” it just makes me giggle! The story follows the most anxious squirrel you’ll ever encounter as he tries to make his own beach, only to end up at a busy one! What I love about this book are the details, the small asides will have you laughing and the main story will keep even young ones totally entertained. My son loved it especially the part about the pool being the ocean and the flashlight being the sun, even at two he was trying to tell the squirrel how wrong that was. Super fun and a great message about overcoming fears as well.What Lives in a Shell? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld is another great book in the Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out Science series. This book is a little long for toddlers but really easy to break into parts. The book starts talking about snails, then moves to turtles and finally sea shells. I read it to my son in parts, and that was perfect for his 2-year-old attention span. This book like the others in the series break down the facts to a preschoolers level without losing any substance. If you are looking for a nonfiction book for your little one, you must check out this series, they are hands down my favorite nonfiction for young children.
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  1. nikki says

    A local mom has a 2y/o in a leg cast for 6wks. We’re teaming up to borrow/bring him some stationary-play toys 🙂 . Your sensory tubs seem perfect! I’ll start with cotton balls (tongs, cups etc) and then maybe move on to other tubs.
    Do you have a list of good indoor tubs? here are the ideas I have so far:
    Cotton Balls/fuzzy craft puffs,
    Aquarium Gems/smooth large stones – if he’s past eating random things,

  2. Angell says

    I love the book “What Lives in a Shell?”

    The whole “Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out-Science” books are great.

    I will be using them this year for homeschooling my son who will FINALLY start Kindergarten! Allie, I don’t know if you remember me, but I’ve asked before if you have any plans on ever stopping this blog because I was worried, since I will be using your letter of the weeks for crafts.

    This website has a free curriculum that uses those books:

    Also, I have started a blog for recording what I do when fall finally comes. Here’s the link to that:

    Thanks so much for such awesome crafts. I am writing out a list as we speak on what crafts to do next week. Just like when you write out a menu for dinner, I’m writing a list of crafts for the week.


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