Turn a simple cardboard box into a fabulous Winter Wonderland for lots of creative imaginary play and storytelling.
This little ‘Let It Snow’ winter town is such a delight to make, and it’s great for winter imaginary play.
Play dough angels
At this busy time of the year it’s great to have a sensory play idea on hand when giddy children need some relaxing play to bring a little calm amongst all the exciting festive fun. My own little angels have been making play dough angels this week. It’s a lovely Christmas play idea to try, and you only need three ingredients.
We usually do our play dough play on the kitchen table but recently I’ve been setting it out on a plastic table cloth on the floor. The children seem to like the extra space this gives them, and they lie down and chill out while they play. For the angel idea I set out some yellow play dough (made using my favourite play dough recipe), some silver doilies and some gold and silver sequins and foil shapes. (The pound store being a great place to get the last two items.) Adding in some festive Christmas music is fun too – maybe ‘Hark, the Herald Angels Sing!’, so you can sing as you play.
I though the doilies would make nice wings, but the kids had other ideas. Here’s B’s angel – and isn’t she pretty?
The sequins and doilies add in some extra sensory elements, bringing shine and texture to contrast with the smooth dough.
And here’s L’s little angel with her sweet smile!
Let’s make this winter the year when we delight in the cold and the dark.
Gather your children, get cosy, and make memories and connections together.
I’ll show you how with this guide to a cosy and connected winter:
Sweet and simple Christmas card craft ideas, using a potato printing technique.
One of my favourite things to bake are these Christmas Tree Cookies, which I make for all my nieces and nephews at our family Christmas party. They’re yummy, fun and ever so easy to make. Here’s the recipe.
Can you hear those jingle bells? Christmas crafting has begun! This homemade gift wrap made with Christmas scented paint is the first of many Christmas crafts that are on the way – but this one is the best smelling!
This week’s Christmas sensory play ideas are exploring our sense of hearing. Here are some fun, festive listening games you can play with your child.