We recently went to an activity park for a day out with the Grandparents and while we were there Lottie had a go on a panning for gold game. You basically sieved wet gravel and had to find ‘gold’ – needless to say we found absolutely nothing! But it did give me an idea. Here is my own version – searching for treasure…
It’s basically our sensory tub filled with black rice (see this post for how to dye rice) and some plastic jewels half hidden amongst it. Easy peasy, quick and simple!
Lottie loved just searching for the jewels randomly but after a while I encouraged her to sort them into different piles according to their colour (great chance for some colour vocab to come out!)
She then tipped them all back in and started again!
In hindsight I put way too many jewels in, it was far too easy to find them. When we next do this tub I will put far fewer in and make it a bit more of a challenge. I also want to find a sieve with large enough holes for the rice to pass through so Lottie can actually pan for the jewels. It would also be great with bits of fool’s gold (iron pyrite) hidden in – I will definitely have to do this next time!
Supplies and Suppliers:
Rice – dyed black (see this post for a How to guide)
PD: fine motor skills
Maths: shapes (colours)