Stables sensory play

If you have been following my blog or social media, you will know that we are currently learning about castles and everything that goes with them. Of course, every castle has knights to defend it and knights need their trusty steeds, which leads us to our latest sensory activity – stables.


Stables sensory play


You will need:

  • A small bag of wood shavings (you can get this from your local pet shop)
  • A cardboard box (I painted mine brown)
  • 3 Apples
  • 1 Carrot
  • A few horse figures (I used Schleich)



I scattered the wood shavings onto a Tuff Spot tray, then placed the cardboard box, apples, carrot and horses on top and then let the boys dig in.



The boys had great fun with this activity and it really sparked Oliver’s imagination. At first Oliver pretended that the horses were eating the apples and carrot before taking a nap, which was quite funny to watch. The boys normally have a nap after lunch and the bedtime routine starts after dinner, so it was interesting how he had taken his real-life experiences and turned them into play.

Stables sensory play



One of my favourite things about activities like this one, is how open ended the play is, which gives children the control to create their own stories. After a while Oliver moved the box, turned it upside down and said it wasn’t a stable anymore, but a pile of rocks instead. He then ran off to find his toy dragon and created a scenario of the horses fighting the dragon.


Stables sensory play

Elijah happily played alongside Oliver pretending the horses were walking across the tray. As well as the element of using his imagination, this activity had several different textures for him to feel, such as the rough wood chippings, the smooth apples and the bumpy carrot. This stables sensory play also has a lot of colours and the apples and carrot meant that the boys also had the choice of tasting a part of the activity, which Elijah took full advantage of.

Stables sensory play

Stables sensory play


Stables sensory play


As much fun as this stables sensory play was, it was also incredibly messy and a pain to clean up. The wood shavings kept clogging up the hoover when I was cleaning it up, so I’d recommend saving this activity for the garden in the summer months, or scaling it down to a smaller size to minimise the mess.



What do you think of this activity? Would you give it a go? Let me know in the comments, on Twitter, Instagram or on Facebook. You can also follow me on Pinterest.

13 thoughts

  1. Such a great idea! Think I’ll have to wait a while to try it though as my baby girl would probably just eat all of the wood shavings! Thanks for such fun activity ideas x

  2. I was going to say it was amazing that they’d kept it all in the tray…and then I saw the later pictures! Looks fun though 🙂

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