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Today’s Festive Family Holiday Hop post is based on Gifts for the Season.
This time last year Adam and I were involved in a 30 day toddler play challenge. Every day we posted photographs of our play adventures onto Facebook. My friend, who worked full time, said she felt guilty that she didn’t have time to find the resources and set them up in order to play with her son. So for Christmas I made them a toddler activity gift box.
Here is a list of items I placed in the toddler activity gift box as well as links to how Adam and I used the resources.
Sensory Fish Tank, Sensory Bags and Tissue Box With Fabric Squares
The Sensory Fish Tank was made by adding blue hair gel to a zip-loc bag. I added cut out fish and water plants from foam sheets. The fish tank can be sellotaped to the window and the winter sun gently warms the hair gel.
One year on and our Sensory Bags are still going strong. They are made by adding a variety of objects to a zip-loc bag. The edges can be strengthened with Duck Tape. These particular ones were filled with (from left to right):
Shampoo and Christmas rubbers
Bath gel and pom poms
Bath gel, Christmas rubbers and glitter
Baby oil and glitter
When we created our own Tissue Box activity we used cut up bibs. For the Christmas present we used colourful fleece fabric squares.
Non-messy Finger Paint, Discovery Bottles and Coloured Rice
Non-messy Finger Painting is a great way to paint without having to cover the house with newspaper. Your little one can also keep returning to the activity until the paint dries up.
We loved our Coloured Rainbow Rice and it is easy to make. You can find the instructions here. Simply by emptying the coloured rice into the gift box you have a ready made sensory bin. We have used coloured rice in a number of activities including our Winnie the Witch inspired art and Rainbow Fish Rice Fishing.
Playdough, Shaving Foam and Numbered Foam Cars
I placed all the ingredients into a zip-loc bag in order for my friend to create home made Playdough. All she needed to do was to add hot water and food colouring.
Shaving foam is a great sensory resource. It can be in the bath, in a tuff-spot or simply using the box lid. We loved making shaving foam car tracks by adding paint.
We created numbered cars by adding glitter paint to Foam Cars.
Sensory Gloves, Rainbow Spaghetti and Making Tape
By adding different resources to disposable gloves you can quickly create Sensory Gloves. We filled these three with flour, lentils and oats.
Rainbow Spaghetti is great to make with any left over cooked spaghetti. Simply add food colouring and you have a super sensory activity that is edible too.
All of the toddler activity equipment was placed in a clear plastic box. The lid was decorated by cutting out letters from Smarties contact paper. My friend no longer needed to feel guilty as the resources were already prepared for 12 toddler friendly activities.
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