hello sensory box!

nj art class for kidsOur sensory box is one of five activity stations in our “blue room”, a bright and spacious studio where we hold classes for 18 month – 5 year olds. Each week, the children are introduced to a new sensory experience in the box, as we rotate through our selection of carefully tested materials.

kids art studio njOriginally our sensory box was a simple children’s plastic pool, turtle shaped and with a lid to close off when needed – very helpful in “closing” the station when it is time for the students to transition to a new project or the end of class.


With our move to a bigger and custom designed space in 2013, we had the new sensory box hand-made for us. Not only is it larger, it has a nice wide edge for children to sit on as they play. When there are a large number of children playing in the sensory box, we can move them all to sit on the edge, allowing more room for children to play than if they were all sitting inside it.kids art class new jersey

The sensory items we swap in the box are:

Squishy balls. The animal shapes get kids imaginations fired up, and the springy texture is often novel for the students. Sometimes we introduce tongs and buckets for a unique challenge.the messy artist new jersey kids art class

the messy artist studio for kidsShredded paper. Earth friendly and fun, this inspires active play. We incorporate different colors every time we use it.new jersey art class camp and parties

art classes new jerseyRice. We have lots of tools to introduce throughout the session to use with the colorful rice: plastic eggs, funnels made from gallon containers, shovels and buckets, small cups, plastic animals. These can all also be used with beans.process oriented art classkids art party new jersey

Beans. We use many types of beans, so there are many different shapes, sizes and colors of beans in the box. With shovels and buckets, the students fill and empty the containers.

sensory play nj art class for kidsWhat are your favorite materials to use for sensory play?


Author: hellokidsart

The Messy Artist is a special place to create art. We offer year-round art classes for children 18 months through adulthood. In addition to art classes from September through June, we offer summer art camp and Drop-In and Play art activities for kids between our regular sessions. Our bright, colorful studio is also the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party! The Messy Artist children’s art center was created and designed by Owner/Director Donna Bernstein, a professional educator and artist. The curriculum is inspired and guided by Donna’s teaching experience and research in child development, as well as her passion for art. At The Messy Artist, art lessons for kids entertain and enrich their brains, bodies, and hearts.

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