With less daylight hours and the snow and cold now coming our way, I’m always looking for fun activities that will keep my busy, sensory-seeking preschooler occupied inside. She craves touch and loves activities where she has to roll up her sleeves and get her hands involved. Here are some of our favorite winter and holiday season sensory activities.
1.Homemade Scented Playdough
Making playdough at home is quick and easy, and if stored properly, it can last for months! Making it at home means you can customize the colors or add your favorite seasonal scents. Our favorite is the wonderful aroma of gingerbread, but I have also spotted recipes for peppermint, hot chocolate and candy cane on Pinterest.
2.Pompom and Cotton ball Crafts
Toddlers and preschoolers love the soft, squishy feel of pompoms and cotton balls. For added fun, let the little ones use tweezers, tongs or chopsticks to pick them up. Snowmen, angels, polar bears and penguin crafts made from cotton balls are fun for young ones or colorful pompoms make great decorations on crafted Christmas trees.
Snow is the ultimate winter sensory plaything. If you live in a region that receives a lot of the white stuff, take the kids outside to roll around, build snowmen or add food dye and water to a spray or squirt bottle to paint the snow. If you live in a warmer area that doesn’t receive a lot, or if it has been late arriving like our city, make your own so the kids can play with it inside. An easy DIY, all you need is 3 cups of baking soda and half a cup of white hair conditioner. Mix them together until the snow is moldable. Add kitchen gadgets or play dough accessories and they will be scooping up fun in no time.
About the Author:
Located in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, Amber Davies is a homeschooling, working from home mother of two highly spirited girls. When she’s not busy with field trips and kitchen science experiments, you can find her and the girls exploring ravines, trails and all things nature. She enjoys blogging about her adventures at Pitter Patter and Constant Chatter and you can follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.