We made sensory balloons this week. So, what is a sensory balloon? Well, we took balloons and a funnel and filled them up with various items including rice, beans, quinoa, salt, oatmeal, and popcorn kernels. (Each balloon had a different content.) We made a green set and a blue set. The idea is that you have to feel the balloons and match the contents of the green balloons with that of the blue balloons. This is actually a bit more difficult than I expected. I put my husband to the test and although he was able to match all the sets, a few of them were a bit tricky.
I think the kids had more fun using the funnel to fill up the balloons than anything else. I guess picking up and putting all those beans in the funnel is also a good tactile activity for the little ones. You can see them and how much fun they had filling the balloons here.
I got the idea for sensory balloons from here.