If there is one part of Christmas that young kids can be left out of; it’s wrapping gifts. I get all excited when I am wrapping at the thought of how my friends and family will react to their present. YC and EC even do some wrapping. To help BB feel included I created a Christmas present sensory tray. Now he can fill up his boxes and wrap them up to give to people as part of his imaginative play.
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To make your own Christmas present sensory tray you will need:
- Tupperware container
- Items to add to the rice such as bells or pom poms
- Washi tape
- Tissue paper
- Gift boxes
To create the coloured rice:
Normally I use food colouring to do this, but I didn’t have any gold food colouring, so I had to use paint instead.
Fill a Tupperware container with some rice and add some paint to it. Close the lid; give it a really good shake until all the rice is evenly covered in paint.
Add it to a tray and let it dry.
To make the sensory tray:
Add all the rice, bells, pom poms, spoons etc. to your sensory tray. Lay out the washi tape, boxes, and tissue paper to the side of the tray.
BB was thrilled with his invitation to play. We played together giving each other gifts and he would tell me what he had wrapped for me (it was normally along the lines of chocolates and sweeties).
When he had finished with the Christmas present sensory tray, I put it on the side cabinet so that he has easy access to it. He keeps going back to it and making up new packages for people.
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