Months ago I stumbled across Meri Cherry's post: cardboard sensory boxes for toddlers and babies. I filed it away and made a note that I had to incorporate it into one of my playdates. My daughter has always been obsessed with cardboard boxes - so I knew it would be a winner of an activity. I started hoarding boxes - mostly amazon and honest company...because I have a problem. Finally I had enough for one killer playdate setup.
I made seven boxes - inspired from Meri Cherry, and our book, Chirri & Chirra, In the Tall Grass. Two boxes were used to simulate grass, using pipe cleaners and green popsicle sticks. One box was opened at the side with duck tape and paper leaves hanging down. Another box, I taped up and cut different shapes at the top. One giant black box laid on its side with tissue paper covering the opening, the perfect spot for hiding. And the final boxes were open ended and left unaltered - giving opportunities for imaginative play and exploration.
After some *awesome* sensory play, I pulled out three complimentary fruit juices - fruit punch, tropical punch, and limeade. We pretended to be the beetles from the story and took turns pouring in juice and mixing it all together - making our own unique juice. We completed our concoction with yummy tapioca pearls! I was super impressed with the kids fine motor skills and their ability to keep all the liquid off the floor!
The juice was surprisingly delicious and this entire playdate was the bees knees. I had so much fun!