Summer is a great time to be playing with water and running around outside. Unfortunately for us, water play and running around is off of the books at the moment. Instead of having sensory trays with water and ice, we have had a construction sensory tray instead. This is a really good one for children who have casts on and you are worried about getting them wet, or getting sand and things in them.

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To make your own construction sensory tray you will need:

  • Tray (or trays)
  • Gravel/dirt
  • Wooden blocks
  • Toy construction vehicles

Fill your tray with your stuff. We actually had a nifty table from Ikea that has two trays in it that we used.

construction sensory tray

BB really enjoyed playing with this. He would move the blocks from one tray to another using the constructions toys. Then using the diggers he would clear the gravel and put the bricks back.

construction sensory tray

With this sort of play it is very much child led. I don’t show them what to do or how to play with it. I like to sit close by and observe, unless invited to play by the child. It is a nice way to sit back with a cup of tea while still being close enough to be engaged. After about 10 minutes or so he would ask me to do something like help him build something for the cow that he added to the sensory tray.

We had this construction sensory tray out for a good couple of weeks, he didn’t play with it every day, but he was fully engaged with it when we were outside with it.

If you enjoyed this construction sensory tray be sure to check out my kinetic sand sensory tray, water bead sensory tray, and jelly sensory play.

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Construction sensory tray play

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Nanny Anita
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Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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