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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 also awesome for the imagination, too. I really love this Christmas sensory tub. 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.
Christmas Sensory Tub
- Gather your materials. For this festively themed tub, we are using split peas, white beans, green matte garland, red and silver shiny garland, scoops, tongs and a plastic container. Additionally, my son grabbed a Christmas tin to fill up.
- Start by cutting the garland into the tub. Have your kids help if they want.
- Next, pour in the split peas.
- And then beans .
- 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, of course, the split peas were sharp. A wide range of textures for such a simple tub.
- Add the tools and enjoy.
- Play, and then use the tongs to sort the garland into the tin.
- Finally, add in the scoop for the beans.
- Eventually, he got all the bunches of garland out of his Christmas sensory tub.
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 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 is 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, 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.