Objects I've included in our outer space sensory tub are:
- Black filler paper to represent the darkness in space.
- Rocket ship cookie cutter
- Large yellow cog from a building set to represent the sun
- Ping pong ball to represent the moon, the indentations are the craters!
- Space shapes including planets, stars, and comets
- Salt dough balls to represent asteroids or moon rocks.
Unfortunately I couldn't find an astronaut figure, but we do have this little book about Space that has an astronaut on the cover (another great $1 find!). It's already a huge hit and has been a great way to introduce some of the vocabulary we'll be talking about this week. After it sits on the table in the sun for a while, I plan on taking it in the bathroom with the lights off so they can see the glow in the dark objects.
I'm now keeping me eye out for anything I can use for sensory tubs wherever I go. Whether it's picking up around the house, or in the yard, going to the grocery store, or before I throw anything in the trash. Soon I'll be able to include a larger variety of textures, shapes, and sizes in each tub. It only gets better from here!