My 3.5 year- old has a single-pointed, all-consuming obsession with cars. He likes other modes of transportation and has a mild interest in trucks and trains and airplanes, but cars are his number one undying and unchanging passion. So, any time I want to teach him something new, I have to make it about cars, so that he learns instantaneously.
This is a car sensory tub and a car sensory bottle. My goal was to teach my son simple spelling, so I stuck Melissa and Doug’s spelling card ( with “car” on it, of course) on the bottom of the tub. By the way, buy this spelling card game: it’s terrific both for spelling and for fine motor skills.
Then, we cut two strips of black construction paper to make roads, we added a stop sign and some cars. We cut the letters “c,” “a” and “r” out of construction paper and added them to the tub. Finally, we made a sensory bottle, filled with marbles, pompoms, pieces of construction paper, tiny plastic cars. We hid plastic letters ”c,” “a” and “r” in the bottle. We put the bottle in the tub.