Christmas sensory play

If you have children you are bound to have a craft cupboard full of shiny paper paints etc.

This morning after our #elfontheshelf had fun with our button stash we decided to play too.

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Your craft cupboard need not be expensive shop bought crafting materials most of ours are salvaged ribbons, birthday present bags and decorative wine carriers. Squirrelling them away saves a fortune.

I wanted to create a wintery sensory experience. We have a variety if materials and mediums to use.

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*christmas buttons in red, green and white
*christmas tree and star shaped buttons
*holographic card
*glitter white card
* silver ribbon
* silver thread
*feather boa pieces
*silver metallic shred
*a few snowflake adornments removed from a wine bag
* and some white paper to place items on

I decided against gluing as we can package the materials up and play again rather than fixing them down. The materials available providing a tactile play experience during the run up to Christmas.

I will leave this activity open to my 2 and 3 year old all morning.

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I sat with my 2 year old and we created a little Angel.

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Summer Sensory play

Another beautifully warm day in Scotland. After busy days at pre school and primary School the children were hot and bothered but looking for an activity.

I wanted to provide them with opportunity for imaginative play but also enable them to keep cool in the hot sunshine.

We filled the faithful Spider-man paddling pool with Luke warm water, not too full either. I picked up a bag full of glass decorative beads in the charity shop, the kind you may find at the base of a flower display. They are all sorts of shades of blue and green. We also collected a small collection of Smurf figures from a bric a brac stall at the weekend.

Sprinkling the beads in the water the children whispered ‘jewels’, magic’. I then produced the wee figures. Instantly the children were conjuring up great stories of adventure involving treasure and spells. The older children guiding the younger in their group sensory play.

The played happily for hours, pausing to go for a cycle or a bounce in the neighbouring trampoline, but always coming back.

It is amazing the scope that children can use objects to create games. We need to get ourselves back into that mind set. Not seeing a decorative pebble as just that, but seeing the limitless opportunity, potential and fun that simple objects can bring.

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Garden decoration

This is cheap easy and fun to do.

I had a small collection of old style cd games for a computer and thought they would be nice reflective decorations in the garden.

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All you need is the CDs some string and some craft scissors.

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My 3 and 5 year old helped thread them. This is good for hand eye co- ordination.

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One all tied up we assembled one into a long hanging decoration. The boys liked the could see themselves in it.

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Can you spot me?

The remainder CDs we tied to the fence posts, adding a bit of sparkle to our plain boring fence.

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A really easy activity to brighten up your garden and keep your pre schoolers busy.