a sensory book
three large shakers
a small shaker that doubles as a smelling pot
sticky tape (or if your book is very large, sticky-backed plastic)
a hot glue gun (or other strong adhesive)
a hole puncher
a ribbon, cut into two equal lengths
scraps of materials with different textures - bubble wrap, foil, cling film, crinkly paper, various fabrics, bits of wood & laminate flooring, potpourri, dried fruit, sand paper, etc.
1. Cut the cardboard into squares. How large they are depends on how many materials you have to stick in the book!
2. Reinforce the edges of each square as well as the whole of the first and last pages with sticky tape or sticky-backed plastic. Punch two holes in each page.
3. Stick your materials onto the squares with a hot glue gun. Although optional, it's nice to put similar materials on the same page - fabrics on one page, woods on another, etc.
4. Tie your squares together with the string to form a book.
three empty drinks bottles of 500 ml
dried food - rice, beans, lentils, etc.
1. Clean and dry the bottles thoroughly.
2. Fill 1/5 to 1/4 of each bottle with one material. Add a few drops of food colouring to the bottle containing water.
3. Screw on the bottle tops tightly and secure with lots and lots of sticky tape.
Small Shaker/Smelling Bottle
an empty, plastic spice jar or probiotic drink bottle
1. Clean and dry the bottle or jar thoroughly.
2. Fill 1/2 of the bottle or jar with coffee beans.
3. Close the top off with clear sticky tape, then prick holes with a pin.
4. Stick several layers of coloured tape around the top of the bottle or jar.