Jul 28, 2013
I saw similar sensory tubes at a local library recently, which were incredibly expensive. I set out to make my own for much less and it took less than 10 minutes to put these together! I ordered plastic mailing tubes and included objects we already had at home. I was able to create both auditory and visual experience by using dried beans in one and small pieces of various colored tissue paper in the other.
Making your own not only saves money, but also allows you to customize them to include items that interest your child. You can basically include anything as the tubes are sealed tightly (though you'll want to supervise your child when playing with them to be safe, especially if you're including small objects).
Other ideas to explore: bells, feathers, rice, packing peanuts, glitter, scarves, small balls, colorful beads, dried pasta, etc. And, of course, you can skip the tubes all together and recycle water bottles and seal them up. The possibilities are endless!
So, what is your child learning?