DIY Chilly Waters’ Sensory Box

Hello! Today I am excited to share with you a project that I made for my son, which ‘NRH’ had taken control of after a while. My son, ‘CAH’, was born premature after a three month period of strict bed rest after my water broke at 24 weeks. He’s a happy, joyful, toddler but some of his developmental skills are lacking. This can happen when a baby is born premature.

A sensory box can be a great way to challenge and promote development in a young mind. This can help ease them back into the right developmental state. I was unsure of where to start with this post but I dove right in after giving it a little bit of thought. Unfortunately, some of those thoughts got mashed up along the way and were not able to be used.

**On a side note; I just got a new camera for my future posts. YAY ME!**

Step 1 – Gather Your Supplies

I used basic cheaper supplies for this project but it doesn’t hinder the quality I was looking for. I used a basic storage Tupperware container, think about the smaller flatter ones you can stick underneath a bed. Other than the obvious sensory box container one of the key items to have included in a sensory box includes items that are of various sizes, and textures.

Here I used some black aquarium gravel, a white reptile sand material, and a variety of pink stones. Be aware that if your child still likes to grab items and try to swallow them this must always be a supervised activity. Each of these ‘fillers’ has a different texture to it so they are ideal for a sensory box.

Originally I wanted to use those water beads for flowers/plants while keeping them refrigerated but they could not be found. Especially at Walmart at 12am. Maybe I will try Micheals next time. So, in the end, I ended up changing my plans around.

Step 2 – Pour the Sensory Materials into the Box

This step might seem redundant but those bags can spring leaks, fly everywhere, and dirty up your kitchen floors. TRUST ME. I ended up just layering the different materials on top of each other. Fine sand on bottom and the gravel on top. Mix your filler materials together.

Step 3 – Organize Your Gems

If you don’t have “gems” you can skip this part but if you do then you will want to strategically place them around your container. Just remember that you will need to save room for other decorations, if you have them, and make them easily removable so that you can hide your ocean creatures.

Step 5 – Add Your Decorative Touches & Hide Your Animals

This is the final step before your sensory bin is completed. The first thing I did was place my giant seashell in the lower left corner of the bin. That’s where I wanted it to go. You don’t need to have a giant seashell but you can have items like; sand dollars, faux coral reef, faux plants, scuba diver, or nothing at all. It’s really up to you. I chose a seashell because it was interesting and what I could find.

After you have placed your decorations in the box, such as shells and nets, you will want to take your toy fishes, lol, out. Some of them you will want to bury and some you will want to leave on top of the filler. I also buried a turtle halfway so that my children could figure out that there was some underneath the filler.

Once you are done rearranging everything to how you like it (don’t worry the children will mess it up) you are finished.


Your children will now be occupied for many hours on end.

XoXo Jessica