Theme Transportation- Fire Safety Sensory Tray

I very excitingly showed my son the Fire Safety sensory tray and explained what it was filled with (tiny toy fire engines, pulses, paper fire flames cutouts, themed toys, etc.) The first thing he said after I finished was-"Mommy, let me first get ambulance, police car and rescue helicopters." In a second he made me realise that it was 'pretend play' only for me, for him it was a very 'real' one. A three year old made it so easy for me to learn what safety is about!

The themed sensory trays give great exposure to colors and textures. Grains are one of his favorite fillers for sensory tray but no, I don't waste these pulses, I use only those grains for sensory bins which can be washed, cooked and eaten.

All you need is:

1. A large tray/ container
2. Pulses (I used lentils, chickpeas and black peas)
3. Paper flames cutouts in yellow, orange and red color
4. Tiny toy fire trucks
5. Fire extinguisher toy (optional)

I put all the above things in a large tray and as I said before I explained him about the pulses in the tray, and we revised colors too. He also quickly brought his blocks to make buildings and made the entire fire scene alive. We re-discussed the dangers of fire and how to respond if he sees a fire.

Sensory trays are much easier to make than you might think. The container should be large enough to let your child explore without moving the filler out of the container.  You can always tweak it according to your theme and what material is available at home. It doesn't take more than ten minutes to put things together and provide opportunity for your child for a creative play.

Learning Opportunities:

1. Practical Life SKills
2. Cognitive skills development
3. Understanding of body senses
4. Exposure to colors and textures

Also watch the video at the end of this post.

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