In March we are "visiting" India and taking in all the beautiful colors and shapes the country has to offer. Our sensory tub this month is full of rainbow colors and shapes. I found the pack of 3D shapes here and the flat shapes are meant for overhead projectors back from my teaching days (similar to these).
I was so excited to make this tub but really hadn't thought about what Eva could do with it. No worries! I gave it to her and she created her own activities. I forget sometimes that not everything needs a plan- I'm still working on doing more following, less guiding! Eva used the shapes to make things. This one is a penguin:
And she experimented with how many toys she could cram into a tiny zipper bag:
She has also used the bin as a place for her dinosaurs to romp (yes, we are still a bit dino-obsessed!) and many a "downtown" has been constructed with the blocks. Sorting by color and shape are also options but chances are if I suggest them, they will be vetoed. Three is a very independent age!