What’s even more fun than a hands-on craft with lots of sensory appeal for toddlers and preschoolers? One that you can eat when you’re finished! This homemade Nutella playdough has only 2 ingredients and is completely non-toxic and 100% edible. And if you’re a fan […]
Are you looking for a cute and easy homemade Christmas tree ornament that you and your kids can together? Well, look no further. Not only does this craft take about 15 minutes to make, but it’s made with several items that we found at Dollar […]
We live in the southeast, so it’s rare that we get to make an actual snowman. (Although it has happened!)
But matter what the weather is like, snowmen are an icon of winter and the Christmas season. So if you can’t make one outside (and even if you can!) there are plenty of ways to decorate your tree, home, or classroom with these cute snowman crafts that kids will love.
Cute Wooden Christmas Ornaments to Paint
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Do you ever use store-bought pasta sauce? How about salsa? Jelly? Olives? Pickles? Applesauce? If so, I bet you’re throwing away all those jar lids when you and your kids could be making a cute winter snowman out of them. After reading this post, you’ll […]
Toilet paper rolls: We all have them. We’re constantly getting more of them. You might as well put them to good use, right? Here are 12 fun and easy crafts using toilet paper rolls that are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, either at home or […]
This snowflake sensory is both beautiful and easy to make — plus it kind of doubles as DIY winter home decor.
So what’s a sensory bottle?
If you’re not familiar with sensory bottles (also known as discovery bottles or calm down jars), they’re basically a bottle filled with some sort of thick, drippy liquid, plus a lot of “stuff” that swirls around in it.
Not only do they have a calming effect on people of all ages (similar to how you feel when you watch an aquarium), but you can use them to encourage skills like counting, problem solving, sorting, and visual perception.
Sensory Bottle Supplies
- Empty bottle with lid — Voss Bottles are really good for making a sensory bottle.
- 5 oz. bottle of Elmer’s clear glue
- Plastic Snowflakes
- Silver confetti snowflakes
- Iridescent glitter
- Optional: tape or glue to secure the lid when finished
Directions for Making the Bottle
- Pour the glue into the sensory bottle.
- Add the snowflakes and glitter.
- Fill the remainder of the bottle with water.
- Use tape or glue to secure the lid. (You might want to wait a day or so to do this and make sure that you’re happy with your snowflake-to-glue ratio first.)
- Shake the contents of the bottle around until the contents of the bottle move around slowly and freely.
And that’s it!
Want more sensory activities? Check out the posts below:
More Sensory Activities for Kids
- 12 Sensory Activities for Infants & Toddlers
- How to Make a Glow in the Dark Sensory Bottle
- 10 Easy Sensory Activities for Preschoolers
This is an easy Christmas craft that perschoolers could do (probably with a little assistance), but that looks nice enough that it doesn’t scream “a little kid made this!” It can obviously be used as a tree ornament … but you can also skip the […]
This dinosaur string art is a unique craft that has the benefit of teaching your kid the real-life skill of hammering (depending on their age.) If you’ve never done string art before, this post has everything you need to know to get started. Not only […]
Whether you love the spooky, scary side of Halloween, the dressing up in costumes, or just the candy, you can get into the spirit of the season with these word searches.
I made 3 word searches, with two of them being fairly easy and the final one a little more challenging. They make a fun and simple activity for both home and school.
In addition to the word searches, I also included links to several Halloween books for kids. And if you scroll all the way down to the bottom, you’ll find links to more Halloween-themed crafts and activities.
Halloween Books for Elementary Students
Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, it’s a great idea to pair these word searches with a book or two (or six).
Here a few ideas to get you started:
Ten Timid Ghosts (Read With Me Paperbacks)It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (If You Give…)The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat (First Time Books)Little BooGoodnight Goon: a Petrifying ParodyThe Spooky Wheels on the Bus
Easy Halloween Word Search One
Easy Halloween Word Search Two
Challenging Halloween Word Search
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- Pumpkin Playdough Recipe
- Halloween Coloring Pages for Preschoolers
- Toilet Paper Roll Halloween Craft
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