Christmas Sensory Tub

We love sensory tubs!  Digging, scooping and my son’s favorite… pretending! Yes these fun tubs filled with dry goods aren’t just for sensory development they are awesome for the imagination too. I really love this one not just because it was a big hit with my son, but because it combines so many different textures as well as sounds as you play.

  1. Gather your materials. For this festive themed tub we are using split peas, white beans, green matte garland , red and silver shiny garland, scoops, tongs and a plastic container. My son also grabbed a Christmas tin to fill up.
  2. Start by cutting the garland into the tub. Have your kids help if they want.
  3. Pour in the split peas.
  4. And the beans .
  5. As soon as he did the hands dove in to explore. The shiny garland was smooth, the beans were hard, the green garland was crunchy and the split peas were sharp. A wide range of textures for such a simple tub.
  6. Add the tools and enjoy.
  7. My son used the tongs to sort the garland into the tin.
  8. And the scoop for the beans.
  9. Eventually he got all the bunches of garland out.

Books

Merry Christmas, Mouse! (If You Give…) by Laura Numeroff is an adorable little Christmas counting book. Most of the praise should really be on Felicia Bond the illustrator because the pictures take the cake on this one. The book follows the mouse as he decorates the Christmas tree, 1 Star… 2 angels… etc… It’s a perfect to read and then count the ornaments on your own tree. After reading it my son and I found 4 bells, and 3 trains on our own tree.

A Small Christmas by Wong Herbert Yee is about as perfect a Christmas book as my son could ever read. My son is obsessed with firefighters, he rescues his baby sister all day long and the sound of sirens are pretty much a given day or night in our house. Fireman Small is a tiny firefighter that children immediately relate to because he is little. His heart is big though and so is his courage. In this installment though it’s not a fire he rushes to but Santa’s aid.  Your child doesn’t need to be as nuts about firefighters as my son is to enjoy this sweet holiday book.

Comments

  1. JDaniel4's Mom says

    The fire truck book looks wonderful. My son is so into machines and trucks right now. I will have to look for this one.

  2. Emma says

    Hi! I’m a mom of 2 littles & also a part time preschool teacher. I really like your blog & your sensory tubs but this one had me thinking – do we as parents know much about the lead content in christmas trimmings “intended for adults”? I’m guilty of small trees (from Michaels) for my kids & they’re active participants in much of our hands-on life (christmas decor included), but I’m not sure about the level of lead content in (disposable) decor intended for decoration & not child play (so I assume is less legislated). Wondering if you have any insight into this before we give them cut up garland? Apologies if this sounds abrupt, but I have all of our kids in mind (mine, those who I teach, yours & your readers) – not sure if anyone can share insight into this – I’m unfamiliar with specific lead level legislation in non-toys or materials not intended for child’s play & also what levels of lead are unsafe & therefore prevent our children from being healthy. Thanks :)

  3. Emma says

    Hi! I’m a mom of 2 littles & also a part time preschool teacher. I really like your blog & your sensory tubs but this one had me thinking – do we as parents know much about the lead content in christmas trimmings “intended for adults”? I’m guilty of small trees (from Michaels) for my kids & they’re active participants in much of our hands-on life (christmas decor included), but I’m not sure about the level of lead content in (disposable) decor intended for decoration & not child play (so I assume is less legislated). Wondering if you have any insight into this before we give them cut up garland? Apologies if this sounds abrupt, but I have all of our kids in mind (mine, those who I teach, yours & your readers) – not sure if anyone can share insight into this – I’m unfamiliar with specific lead level legislation in non-toys or materials not intended for child’s play & also what levels of lead are unsafe & therefore prevent our children from being healthy. Thanks :)

  4. admin says

    Emma – not abrupt at all! Before I did this I did some research online and all I found was- artificial trees and lights both carry risks of lead exposure, as well as vintage tinsel. Nothing I found for garland ( unlit) came back with results for lead.

    It’s a great point though, to wash hands after , watch carefully and stay informed. Also make sure the activity fits your child’s abilities, this is not a put everything in your mouth still toddler activity.

    If anyone has found something suggesting otherwise I am eager to read it- but as far as I could find there was nothing.

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