We aren’t big into Hallowe’en here – it’s one of those things that I just don’t ‘get’. I don’t really understand the fascination with the whole thing. The children carve pumpkins with my parents each year, but that is about as Hallowe’en ish as we get here.
That said, I was sent a pack of the Learning Resources Handy Tools and it seemed an opportunity to put together a quick Hallowe’en themed sensory tub for the older two. We haven’t done something like this for a while now, so I was interested to see how much their fine motor skills had improved.
The pack of tools include a gator grabber, a twisty dropper, a squeezy tweezer and a scooper. I set up a box complete with pompoms, googly eyes, snap cubes and pipe cleaners – all either orange, black or white to keep in with a Hallowe’en theme. I also popped in some paper wrapped into circles for them to make spiders from.
I thought I’d also use it as an opportunity to see if they were able to predict size and space. I did this by drawing out some different objects, such as a witch’s hat, a cat, a spider and asked them how many cubes tall, long, wide the items were. This was a good opportunity to test their understanding of language as well as Mr D’s reading skills.
The children got stuck in playing with the handy tools and getting used to them – and generally transferring stuff around the tub.
After a short while, I gave them the drawings and I asked them to predict how many cubes, then using the handy tools they found the cubes from the tub and placed them on the items I had drawn out. Mr D was really good at using the tools as was Miss E – they’ve certainly developed those fine motor skills a lot recently.
I had also put in some wooden letters – these are really inexpensive and they’re ideal for throwing into the tub and asking them to fish out to spell certain words. The certainly found these harder to get out, but it was interesting to watch them as they knew instantly that the only way to get the letters was by using the gator grabber.
The Learning Resources Handy Tools are really good for tubs like this, and I’m sure they’ll be used some more in coming weeks when we work on some other bits and pieces, and of course with Mr H as he begins to work on developing those fine motor skills.