If you’ve been reading my children’s activities page, you have surely seen a multitude of sensory tubs and other sensory projects. These tubs are wonderful to develop imagination, fine motor and early math skills. Sensory tubs require, however, what seems like piles and piles of small objects. How can one safely store them all to avoid chaos?
First of all, lets understand what do you really need. You need a base material for each tub. This post explains how and why to choose these materials. Since a lot of the basic materials are food-related ( beans, corn, pasta, oats, etc) I store these on a separate shelf in the kitchen pantry, away from the kids. My simple salt for playing with salt trays ( not the expensive sea salt I use for food) is there, too and so is my white flour I use for play dough. I put each material in a large glass bin with a tight lid.
Then, there are small toys, like dogs, cats, wild animals, knights and mermaids ( these are usually sold in plastic tubes and are called The TOOB.) I store them by type (I do not mix them all into a pile) in tiny plastic jars with tight lids.
Pompoms and cotton balls are useful for many sensory projects. I store mine in large Tupperware containers.
Fake flowers are stored by type in multiple jars, too.
I also have a set of items I use to help with sensory tub play. These are tools for grasping, grabbing, mixing and digging: mainly spoons, but also blasters, ladles, plastic bowls and cups. I store them in ziplock bags, arranged by type.
I like to have all of my sensory tub-related stuff in one place and I like this place to be far from the kids’ reach. A garage shelf or a storage closet are better places than a playroom for storage.