13 Materials Needed:

Wooden Box, Wooden Animal Shapes, Acrylic Paint, Elmer's Clear Glue, Sharpie or Pen, Scissors, Paint Brush, Decorations: Cork, Bubble Wrap, Paper, Pom-Poms, Fur, Beads

About this Project

One way to help young children explore and learn about the world around them is through sensory play. Below are tips for making a sensory treasure box filled with opportunities to discover textiles, shapes, colors and animals.

Create your own, snap a picture, and share using #ACMooreInspired.

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    Paint both sides of your wooden animal and let dry.
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    If you are using sheets of material like cork, paper, or bubble wrap, trace the wooden animal onto your surface and then cut out shape. Glue onto wooden animal.

    If you are using loose materials like craft fur, feathers, beads, or pom-poms, glue your decorations onto one side of the wooden animal and let dry.

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    Other ideas for textures: Buttons, sandpaper, shiny paper, corrugated paper, crinkly cellophane, sticky double-sided tape, tulle, felt.
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    Treasure Chest

    Trace wooden shapes onto box with pencil, then paint the inside and outside of the box. To create stripes, use blue painter's tape to mask each section.

    Optional: Seal with a spray shellac or Mod Podge.