Up until about two months ago I never heard of a sensory box. I started seeing them popping up all over Pinterest. I remember thinking, “I don’t see how this would interest my daughter” , but still I was intrigued by the idea. It turns out I could not have been more wrong. It makes me a little angry that I didn’t know about these earlier, because they truly are a mommy sanity saver.
Since it tis the season & all, I thought a Christmas sensory box would be just the thing to get our daughter excited for the holidays.
The last box we made was filled with multi-colored rice, scoops & tiny little animals & creepy crawly critters. https://thepinterestedparent.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/treasure-hunt-bottles/ Mai loved it! It would keep her occupied for hours on end, but I was picking rice out of the strangest places weeks later.
I wanted one a little less messy this time around. The idea I had involved using cotton blankets of snow & mixing assorted Christmas themed items inside the folds of cotton.
I love the Dollar Store. The dollar store is perfect for finding affordable fillers for sensory play. Lucky for me, I work right next door to one & can shop on my lunch breaks for wonderful treasures. Here are a few of the items that I was lucky enough to find.
I had my ingredients, lets construct our box.
I use a Rubber Maid storage bin for ours. I pulled and stretched at the blankets of snow to make it loose & fluffy & placed it in the bin. I cut the garland into several pieces & lined the outside. I had hundreds of plastic mini ornaments. I placed them evenly throughout the snow, hiding them with the folds. I did the same with the pine cones, rubber leaves & berries. The cloth presents were just laid across the top.
Mai was so excited as mommy was putting this together. She kept yelling “box, box!”
“Ok, baby girl.” It is ready. Dig in!
The verdict: The Christmas sensory box was a hit. She played with it so quietly for about an hour before bed. Awwww.. Life is good.
Up next: Holiday Traditions