I mentioned wanting to set up a winter sensory play activity for the girls on our family winter bucket list. Well, last Friday I set one up for my toddler. Because she had been unwell and not sleeping, I decided on a mess-free activity. Perhaps we’ll explore some fake snow before winter is over though. My toddler at 19 months loved this activity but equally, her older sister (4 years) enjoyed it too after school.
Winter sensory play
You will need
foam snowflakes (these ones look similar)
Emergency foil blankets make great sensory toys for babies and toddlers. They love the look and sound of them in my experience. I then added all our wintery toys like Happyland penguin and polar bear, a soft toy penguin and a snowman as well as a few blue toys. I also added a board book about animals found in wintery lands. You might notice that the snowflakes have sight words written on them. This is for my 4 year old, a great way to encourage reading in primary school children. For preschool and toddlers you could write numbers or letters on them.
My toddler loved this activity. Her face lit up when she saw it. She was immediately drawn to the blanket and she really enjoyed crinkling it between her fingers to hear the sound it made. She also hid her head under it to play peek-a-boo with me.
She explored all the toy animals as well as the snowflakes. The book was a nice addition to the tuff spot as she currently loves books and it was nice to have one relevant to the activity. We didn’t have one of each of the animals in the book but it was nice to show her a 3D one of the ones we did have whilst we read the book.
When my 4 year old came home from school she also enjoyed playing with it for a little while. She made caves in the sensory blanket for the animals and made up play scenes. She wasn’t interested in the sight words on this occasion but she really enjoyed the imaginative play.
Both girls really enjoyed this activity and I will definitely be setting up more for them. I love that a tuff spot is not only great for messy play but for any activity as it contains or defines a play space if that makes sense.
More Winter sensory play ideas
If you want to set up a snowy small world you could also add different things like blue or white water beads or the glass beads if you have older children who are past the putting everything in their mouth stage. Or white play dough or even make some cloud dough. A musical sensory element like some bells would also be a good addition.
If you want even more ideas for winter activities, head over to my Pinterest board – Winter activities for kids, for more ideas.
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