Summer is in full swing and so is the water play. This pirate themed sensory soup was a great way to turn around a crazy morning. It encouraged lots of fine motor practice, story telling, and exploration of mathematical concepts. And like all of the sensory soups we have done, this sensory soup was quick and simple to set up.
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This sensory soup idea came about after a trip to the bookstore. I was on the hunt for some summer reads about autism and the boys were literally running around and hiding among the shelves. It was hectic and I was getting worn out, so we were about to leave when a staff member flagged us down. She asked if it was okay to give them something that was leftover from one of their weekly story times. I happily agreed since I was so stressed from the experience. She gave them each a bag of pirate loot. Inside the bag were adorable foam pirates, gold coins, and lots of other goodies. They were happy and I was mere minutes away from a quiet car ride.
The boys played with pirates and coins in the car and it continued when we got home, so I decided to turn them into a water play idea for the boys. The result: pirate sensory soup!
To make pirate sensory soup, we used:
- Gold coins
- Acrylic gems/diamonds
- Foam pirates or other pirate figurines (optional)
- Kitchen utensils: whisk, ladle, and large spoon, but measuring cups, measuring spoons, etc. would also be a great addition
Simply toss everything into a sensory bin and it's ready for playing!
Sensory soups are great because they encourage fine motor skills like scooping, pouring, and whisking.
Sensory soups are also great for encouraging story telling. Obviously, these stories were pirate inspired.
Finally, I love sensory soups because it encourages mathematical learning like measuring, estimation, counting, patterning, and more. The boys used the coins and gems to make patterns and count, for example.
Do your kids love pirates? Then they'll love this pirate quiet book page too!