Traffic Light-Inspired Sensory Soup

May 22, 2015

Sensory soups (also known as water sensory bins) are a great way to engage kids in creative play, encourage fine motor development and reinforce colours and shapes.  

I especially love sensory soups because they require little prep, can be tailored to fit any child's interest and are inexpensive to put together.

This traffic light-inspired sensory soup is a perfect activity for kids who love cars. It would also be a great activity for a preschool transportation unit.

You Will Need:

  • plastic bin filled with water
  • water
  • red, yellow and green craft foam
  • kitchen utensils (whisk, ladle, large spoon, measuring spoons, etc.)
  • bowl or pot


Cut the craft foam into 1" circles to represent traffic lights.  

Toss the circles and bowl or pot into the plastic bin filled with water, add some kitchen utensils and let the kids play!

Ways to play with the sensory soup:

  • Sort the foam circles by colour to practice colour recognition
  • Use the different colours to reinforce the concepts of stop, go and slow down
  • Work on fine motor skills by scooping and pouring with the kitchen utensils

A child holds two yellow circles over a metal bowl filled with water.

Splashing around in the water provides great sensory input. It's also a great way to keep the kids busy on hot summer days!

Simple and engaging, sensory soups like this traffic light-inspired activity provides lots of opportunities for hands-on learning.

Article Author Dyan Robson
Dyan Robson

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Married to her high school sweetheart, Dyan is mom to two boys, J and K, who also teaches piano out of her home. On her blog And Next Comes L, Dyan shares her story of raising a child with hyperlexia, hypernumeracy and autism, amongst a variety of sensory activities for kids. You can find out more about their story on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.


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