I have realized again and again (I don't know why I keep forgetting this!) that simple is better, so I didn't put much in this box...dried pasta (I need to add another box), glittery heart stickers, a couple of cups, red monkey tongs, and a scoop. E was really excited by her sensory box and sat right down to enjoy it.
I loved how she tried to put the pasta in the tongs!
After playing for several minutes, she seemed to be losing interest. I suddenly realized what was missing...a container with a small opening for her to put the pasta in....she was thrilled when I gave her a baby bottle and demonstrated how to put the pasta in it. She got right to work and was proud to fill it up and then shake the pasta back out again.
I plan to add another box or 2 of pasta and use this sensory box for several months. I'll just take out the hearts and replace them with other seasonally appropriate items.
Edit to add: E was never out of my sight while playing with this sensory box. Please monitor your children carefully and do not give small items to children who put things into their mouths.