Christmas Sensory Bin **25 Days of Christmas Play**

Day 4 of 25 Days of Christmas Play

This sensory bin was super easy and quick to throw together.  Dried split peas and Christmas potpourri!  

I put the whole mix into a deep basket so the kiddos could stir the mix around.   





Little Guy loves cinnamon and knew immediately what the sticks were!

 Baby Girl loved playing in this! She picked up the split peas and scattered them around between her fingers.  She loved the feeling of the peas! 
I love her cute little squat when she plays!

Having Fun with our Christmas Play ideas? Check out our Giveaway! for some more Christmas activities and printables!

~Colleen

Scented Snowman Playdoh **25 days of Christmas Play**

DAY 1 of 25 Days of Christmas Play!


This is the first post in a series of Christmas-themed play ideas.  It’s a season of rushing, big family meals, travel, shopping, wrapping…It’s easy to forget the real reason for this season.  

Seeing my kid’s excitement for Christmas this year is so much fun! So contagious!
We wanted to come up with a gift for our readers for Christmas, and thought it would be appropriate to present you with loads of fun play ideas.  One for each of the days leading up to Christmas…so you can slow down, enjoy this precious time with your children, and play!
This first Christmas play idea was a simple recipe for making homemade playdoh with a twist.

Scented Snowman Playdoh!
Take your basic ingredients, but instead of water, use scented TEA.  I used Comfort time tea to promote the relaxing and soothing scent of chamomile. 
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp Cream of Tartar
2 Tbsp oil
1 cup of hot tea (any scent)–or you could use water instead of tea
Mix the dry ingredients together in a saucepan.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir over medium heat.  Keep stirring until the mixture pulls together. Add more flour if it seems too gummy.  When it forms a ball (like playdoh consistency), dump it out onto a cutting board or other clean surface.  Let the dough cool, and then knead for a few minutes.

At this point, I mixed in glitter to make our snow playdoh.  Little Guy loved helping with this part.  

 This is the play invitation that I set up for Big Sister and Little Guy…
snow playdoh, snowman cookie cutters, glass gems, black beads, brown pipe cleaners, orange plastic lacing cord cut into little bits, and white fuzz balls.

Of course the construction vehicles had to move some snow.


 It was a Successful Day!
Enjoy Today!
~Colleen

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Magnet Play: Apple theme

This was a play invitation I set up one day for Big Sister and Little Guy.

Paper clips, magnets, tissue paper, and the corn bin.
((The Babies were sleeping…tooooo many hazards with this one!))

The Big Kids had fun exploring with the magnets.

We tore the tissue paper into small squares (Tearing paper into little bits works on those small muscles in the hands).  Put a couple of paper clips into the tissue paper.
And crumble it up into a ball 
We were calling them “apples”. 
Only requiring a small stretch of the imagination 🙂

Big Sister and Little Guy went on an Apple Hunt, raking the magnets through the corn to grab up the apples.

It felt pretty neat on the hands to rake through the corn…a great sensory play activity!
We had a hunt for paper clips too…

Enjoy Today!
~Colleen

Halloween Sensory Bin

halloween sensory bin

Looking for a Halloween sensory bin that inspires mess, sensory tactile play? This spooky sensory bin has purple water beads, plastic spiders, Halloween toys, and is a fun fine motor and sensory activity for developing skills this time of year. Add this idea to your Halloween occupational therapy ideas. 

Halloween sensory bin

Halloween Sensory Bin

 
 
With Our Trick Or treating postponed until this weekend (due to Hurricane Sandy weather), we have been continuing with the Halloween activities for a few extra days.
 
This Halloween Sensory bin was very much needed this morning! 
 
Sometimes, you can tell that all-out chaos is about to let loose in the house, unless Mom comes in to rescue the littlest (babies who can not-quite run) from out of harms way…flying couch cushions anyone??
 
I brought out this sensory bin and the couches were saved from three bouncing (catapulting?) children.
 
 
 
It’s a great addition to a spider web obstacle course, too!
 


 
 

Halloween Sensory Bin

 
 
This skeleton guy had a lot of fun too 😉
 
 
 
All it took were googly eyes, plastic spiders, orange beads, rings, and other random Halloween stuff all mixed in with the (still squishy-hydrated-awesome) water beads! 
 
Pumpkin activity kit
Pumpkin Fine Motor Kit

Grab the Pumpkin Fine Motor Kit for more coloring, cutting, and eye-hand coordination activities with a Pumpkin theme! It includes:

  • 7 digital products that can be used any time of year- has a “pumpkins” theme
  • 5 pumpkin scissor skills cutting strips
  • Pumpkin scissor skills shapes- use in sensory bins, math, sorting, pattern activities
  • 2 pumpkin visual perception mazes with writing activity
  • Pumpkin “I Spy” sheet – color in the outline shapes to build pencil control and fine motor strength
  • Pumpkin Lacing cards – print, color, and hole punch to build bilateral coordination skills
  • 2 Pumpkin theme handwriting pages – single and double rule bold lined paper for handwriting practice

Work on underlying fine motor and visual motor integration skills so you can help students excel in handwriting, learning, and motor skill development.

You can grab this Pumpkin Fine Motor kit for just $6!

Halloween Sensory Table

When the Babies woke up from their naps today, I had a surprise waiting for them…a Halloween sensory table! 
They had so much fun checking out all of the things on the table…picking them up…moving them around…
smacking pumpkins off of the table…
They loved carrying the pumpkins around, bringing them to each other.
We headed outside after a while. Couldn’t resist being outside on this beautiful fall day!
The smell of and sound of crunchy leaves…there is nothing like the senses experienced during the fall.


Enjoy today!

~Colleen

Fine Motor Water Beads Activity

I’ve seen Water Bead play all over Pinterest and the web. We had to try them! They are the beads you see in vases with flower arrangements and you can find them in the floral aisle of Walmart. I’ve even heard that  Dollar Tree carries them. They are non-toxic and supposedly stay squishy for years once they are hydrated.

So easy to do (and fun for little hands). Add water…

Drain the water in a colander and PLAY!

We left them over night but they hydrate in about 6 hours.
Baby Girl LOOOOOVED playing with these things! We had them sitting in this bin on the counter the other day and every time she caught a glimpse, she got all excited and wanted to play.
We kept the binky in the mouth when Baby Girl played.
Use a flashlight and make them shine.
Dinosaurs MAY have been caught stomping, kicking, eating, and fighting the water beads…
So squishy on bare toes! Our neighbor came over with her little guy to get in on the fun.

This was so fun and water beads are so cool to play with. The imagination really emerged  when dinosaurs came onto the table. We have the water beads in a bin with a lid now. What to do with them next….hmmmm… 🙂