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A super sensory sorting block for posting, sorting, collecting and investigating.
This is a simple, but effective and satisfying resource that is in tune with children’s interests and developmental needs. Accessories not included.
This lovely resource idea came from Sue Graham in Busy Bees Nursery Co. Durham. She recognised how the children loved posting the various sized balls through the holes. They collected them and repeated the exercise over and over. We’ve therefore made Sue’s idea into a resource.
You can use a variety of balls. Children can see which will sit on top and investigate which will go through. It encourages children to be curious and investigate as well as assisting fine motor skills. Made from MDF.
- Height: 20 cm
- Length: 40 cm
- Width: 40 cm
This resource will appeal to young children, especially if they enjoy 'posting' items.
- Provide a range of balls of all shapes, sizes and textures for the children to select from. It is important to have some balls that will not go through the holes.
- We found that some children loved testing the holes to see if the ball would fit. When they did they laughed with delight as it disappeared into the casing below. Some children liked the problem solving aspect of it and quickly made connections. For others it became a game of hide and seek with the practitioner saying 'where's it done' and can you find me the red ball etc?
- Try using some balls that clatter as well as balls made from fabrics, wool etc.
- The children who were able to move around freely and select materials enjoyed posting other items through the holes.
The mirrored top engaged some children as they peered at their reflection. Try using metallic or sparkly glitter balls. Try asking the children to match e.g. can you find me a ball the same size as the same this, the same weight etc.