Colorful Sensory Activities {HOP}

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I’m really excited to be joining in as a host of the Hands-On Play Party with some fabulous bloggers. The linky will be posted each Tuesday. This week I’m sharing some of my favorite colorful sensory activities from bloggers that linked up to last week’s HOP linky.

Rainbow Finger Bath Paint from Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

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Crazy Color Sensory Bin from Craftulate

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Rainbow Bubble Wrap Printing from Sow Sprout Play

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Edible Rainbow Sensory Bin from Life With Moore Babies

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Visit my co-hosts!

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb Mask Crafts from Stir the Wonder

Cardboard Tube Kazoo from P is for Preschooler

Easter Egg Listening Game from Little Bins for Little Hands

The Lorax: Truffula Forest Sensory Bin from Lemon Lime Adventures

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Check out our Pinterest board!

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Now it’s your turn! What fun hands-on play activities have you been creating at home? If you are a blogger you can link up your blog posts (no more than 3 please) or, if you don’t have a blog, share your activities on Facebook and leave a link in the comments below. Just looking for activity ideas? You can do that as well by clicking on images linked up below to view the full posts.

(Please note: If you are linking up below you give the hosts permission to use an image with a link back if you are featured in a future HOP post.)



Gold At The End Of The Rainbow Sensory Bin

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I love sensory tables and if you do as well I have something fun to share with you! I’m participating in a 40 day series all about sensory bin fillers. 40 bloggers, 40 days, and 40 different items you can add to your sensory tables!

Today, I am sharing about feathers. I love using feathers because they are soft but have a texture to them that is unique and I love hearing my kids giggle as the feathers tickle their hands. They come in all kinds of colors so any themed table you are trying to create you can probably add feathers to.

On Monday I shared a very green St. Patrick’s Day sensory tub so today I wanted to share a more colorful one. I kept it very simple because most of the time if something isn’t simple it won’t get put together. I used a bag of colorful feathers and some gold coins and made a “Gold at the End of the Rainbow” sensory tub.

It wasn’t quite a rainbow since I didn’t realize that the mixed bag of feathers I grabbed as I ran through the store the other day didn’t contain all the colors of the rainbow but I think you all get the point :)

I really wish I had little black pots for them to put the gold in but I couldn’t find them anywhere in stores. Lucas liked finding the coins and then hiding them for others to find. We practiced counting. With Jake we did some simple addition and subtraction. If you have all of the rainbow colors they can make a rainbow out of the feathers.

Other seasonal themed sensory tables I’ve made with feathers include a Halloween Jack O’ Lantern sensory table and a Valentine’s Day themed sensory table.

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40 Sensory Bin Fillers Pinterest

Find link to all the blogs participating here.

Have ideas for feather filled sensory tables? Link up below and share them!



 

5 St. Patrick’s Day Themed Activities {HOP}

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I’m really excited to be joining in as a host of the Hands-On Play Party with some fabulous bloggers. This linky will be posted each Tuesday. I will be sharing some of my own activities for kids plus sharing some other great ideas from bloggers that link up each week.

This week I’m sharing five different St. Patrick’s Day themed activities. A few are my own posts and the others are posts from bloggers that linked up to last week’s HOP linky.

Pot O’ Gold Craft 

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Four Leaf Clover Window Clings from Danya Banya

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We loved this fruit loop rainbow activity.

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Shamrock Foam Dough Hidden Shapes Tray from Crayon Box Chronicles

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and in case you missed yesterday’s sensory table…

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Table

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Visit my co-hosts!

Pom Pom Races from P is for Preschooler

Dr. Seus Activities from Little Bins for Little Hands

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Check out our Pinterest board!

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Now it’s your turn! What fun hands-on play activities have you been creating at home? If you are a blogger you can link up your blog posts (no more than 3 please) or, if you don’t have a blog, share your activities on Facebook and leave a link in the comments below. Just looking for activity ideas? You can do that as well by clicking on images linked up below to view the full posts.

(Please note: If you are linking up below you give the hosts permission to use an image with a link back if you are featured in a future HOP post.)



St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin

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With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner I wanted to create a fun themed sensory bin for my boys. After checking both Walmart and Target for fillers and not finding much, I checked Michael’s and hit the jackpot. All their St. Patrick’s Day items were 40% off!

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Items in the bin include:

  • Green and gold garland cut into pieces
  • Large shamrocks
  • Small felt shamrocks
  • Gold coins
  • Shamrock shaped confetti
  • Foam stickers
  • St. Patrick’s Day necklaces
  • Green tin bucket

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Check back Friday for another St. Patrick’s Day themed sensory bin!

Snow Themed Activities For Kids {HOP}

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It’s been a very snowy winter here in Chicago. Our local news was reporting that it’s snowed the last 10 out of 11 weekends and that this winter is the fourth snowiest winter on record. Naturally, while looking out the window and thinking about activities to share, my mind went to snow themed activities.

One of my favorites is really simple and perfect for little ones….bring the snow inside! This picture is from 2010 which is why Jacob looks so tiny but he loved this. Other fun ideas for indoor snow play include hiding objects in the snow, rolling the snow into snowballs, and spraying the snow with warm water to watch it melt.

Looking at the HOP linkys I found some other fun snow themed activities to share. Jackie from Happy Hooligans shares about her indoor snow play idea and how her kids used watercolors to color the snow. Fun!

These Watercolor Snowflakes from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds are cute.

 Looking for more ideas? Check out my Winter Themed Lesson Plan for Preschoolers and Toddlers!

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I’m really excited to be joining in as a host of the Hands-On Play Party with some fabulous bloggers. This linky will be posted each Tuesday. I will be sharing some of my own activities for kids plus sharing some other great ideas from bloggers that link up each week.

 Visit my co-hosts!

Gold, Silver & Bronze Sensory Bin from Stir the Wonder

Ways to play with the Hands-On Play Party from P is for Preschooler

Simple Play Ideas from Little Bins for Little Hands

Winter Baby Sensory Play from Lemon Lime Adventures

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Now it’s your turn! What fun hands-on play activities have you been creating at home? If you are a blogger you can link up your blog posts (no more than 3 please) or, if you don’t have a blog, share your activities on Facebook and leave a link in the comments below. Just looking for activity ideas? You can do that as well by clicking on images linked up below to view the full posts.

(Please note: If you are linking up below you give the hosts permission to use an image with a link back if you are featured in a future HOP post.)



15 Christmas Themed Sensory Activities For Kids

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We have one more week of school before the boys are out for Christmas break. Both boys get Occupational Therapy in school to help regulate their bodies so if I don’t have any sort of sensory activities planned for their two weeks off things will be really crazy at our house.

Here are 15 of my favorite Christmas themed sensory activities that I’ve found online. Click on the links to get all of the details so you can recreate the activities yourself!

Christmas Sensory Bin from Sow Sprout Play

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Messy Christmas Sensory Play: Demolish A Snowman from Fun At Home With Kids

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Peppermint Scented Homemade Finger Paints from Golden Reflections Blog

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Jolly Jello Sensory Activity from Growing A Jeweled Rose

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Hot Cocoa Sensory Tub

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Christmas Present Pasta Dig from Bath Activities For Kids

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Christmas Slime from Craftulate

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Ten Scents of Christmas Sensory Cards from A Little Learning For Two

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Fingerprint Wreath from 3 Dinosaurs

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Christmas Colored Gel Sensory Bags from The Preschool Toolbox

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Christmas Sensory Bin from Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

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 Candy Cane Foam

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Christmas Sensory Table

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Christmas I Spy Bottle from Play and Learn With Dana

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DIY Holiday Touch & Feel Box from B-Inspired Mama

13 Halloween Sensory Bins

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I had lots of fun creating a roundup of Fall sensory bins (find that post here) so I wanted to do another one focused on Halloween sensory bins! Here are 13 different ones to help you have some spooky sensory fun this season.

via 3 Dinosaurs

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Spooky Boo Bubbles via Momma’s Fun World

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 via Plain Vanilla Mom

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CREEPY, CRAWLY HALLOWEEN WATER BEADS SENSORY BIN via Little Bins For Little Hands

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via Glittering Muffins

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Purple Monster Tub via Dandelions In My Vase

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Goblin Guts via Growing A Jeweled Rose

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via Suzy Homeschooler

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Spooky Sensory Bin via Happy Hooligans

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via Tutus & Tea Parties

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Spooky Slime Sensory Tub via What Do You Do All Day?

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via Housing A Forest

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Halloween Sensory Table

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I shared about this Halloween sensory table a year or two ago but discovered that when I moved my site this post was lost. Here’s a picture of what was in my Halloween sensory table:

What was in it:

-black and orange feathers

-black and orange shiny pom pom balls

-black crinkled paper (like the kind used for packaging)

-small Jack O’ Lantern buckets

-beans

10 Fall Sensory Tables For Kids

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I love sensory tables. It could be the preschool teacher in me or the fact that my children, who have sensory processing issues, enjoy playing in the table for long periods of time. I’m already thinking of Autumn themed tables so I wanted to share mine with you and 9 others I found online:

After this picture was taken I also added pinecones, fake apples, and cups/scoops

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Check out this corn cob filled table from Reggio Inspired

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Trigger the sense of smell in your sensory bin by using the scents of Fall like Fantastic Fun & Learning did.

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I love this Fall farm themed table from No Time for Flash Cards

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Mom To 2 Posh Lil Divas added straw to her Fall sensory table

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Have apple picking on the brain? This apple themed sensory box by Pink and Green Mama is so cute!

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Kids Activities Blog shares 10 natural items you can put in your Fall sensory tub. Great way to connect with nature!

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Cloud dough is fun, especially when it’s a nice scent like this pumpkin scented cloud dough from Growing a Jeweled Rose.

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Instead of dry pasta in your sensory bin, try cooked pasta. This completely different texture adds to the sensory experience. Visit 123 Homeschool 4 Me to learn more.

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I like the scraps of materials and papers that Sugar Aunts put in their Fall sensory bin.

(Linked up at: Upside Down Homeschooling)

Winter Sensory Table

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Close up of what’s in the table

 

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The other side of the winter sensory table

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What’s in the table: white yarn tied into little bows, strands of white glittered beads, snowflake ornaments, clear snowflake beads, clear stones, colored snowflake confetti, white pom poms, white star garland (cut into pieces), blue tree ornaments

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Large items they can include in play: white tree and bear

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Containers the boys can put stuff in

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What other ideas do you have for great winter sensory table fillers?

{Check out my winter themed tot school post for more winter activity ideas!}