Adam has recently discovered a love of meerkats. Meerkat Manor was on the television one day and that was it – he was hooked. He will now regularly point to the television and shout “near tat” in the hope that it will come on.
Two years worth of comparing our car insurance on Compare the Market has finally paid off as I could give Adam his own meerkat toys straight away. He doesn’t seem to be fazed that they are wearing clothes. Adam loves to listen to ‘ Meerkat Mail’ by Emily Gravett whilst hugging his meerkat toys. Nana also had some meerkat figures so I thought it was an ideal opportunity to make Adam his own Meerkat Manor sensory bin.
I used a large shallow box and attached kitchen roll cardboard tubes with foam double sided sellotape. We attempted normal sellotape but as soon as any pressure was added to the cardboard tube it came apart. I hid the meerkat figures in the cardboard tubes to represent the underground burrows. An actual meerkat burrow can contain up to 70 different entrances – unfortunately we ran out of space!
To give the sand more texture and for the meerkats to dig around the burrow entrances I added very small pasta shells. We also added a brick where the meerkats could stand on guard.
As we were at Nana’s, Adam wasn’t interested in the Meerkat Manor. Whilst he was off pushing his Little Tykes car around the garden, my niece, Beth, was able to play with the meerkats by herself.
She started by removing the meerkats one by one and placing them on the brick. I kept showing her how the meerkats dig around the burrow entrances and she attempted to copy. Occasionally Adam would join in before doing another lap of the garden.
It wasn’t long before Beth decided to get stuck into the action and sat in the box. She had great fun hiding the meerkats in the cardboard tubes and pushing the sand over them.
As the box has a lid we were able to take the Meerkat Manor sensory bin back to our house, minus the brick. The next day Adam got out the box and started to play with the meerkats. It wasn’t long before he started to removed the meerkats. As he did he kept looking at the cardboard tubes and then disappeared into the house. He returned with an armful of his smallest cars. Within a few moments Adam had turned our Meerkat Manor sensory bin into a car tunnel sensory bin. I was impressed as he had obviously thought of which cars would fit through the cardboard tubes and didn’t bring out his favourite cars. For the rest of the afternoon Adam played with his small cars pushing them through the tunnels and hiding them in the sand.
* Large shallow box
* Cardboard tubes
* Foam double sided sellotape
* Play sand.
* Small pasta shells (optional)
* Meerkat figures
Adam was 2 years and 2 months old.