Thursday, December 12, 2013

Jolly Jell-O Christmas Sensory Tray & 70+ Holiday and Winter Sensory Play Ideas from The Kid's Co-Op

Sensory play experiences offer engaging learning opportunities for children, especially toddlers and preschoolers. For Tot School, we're focusing on a Letter of the Week approach and exploring all five senses with each letter. Instead of sharing ALL of our Letter J activities on the blog, I've been sharing some on my Facebook page and on G+. We smelled and "painted" with Jasmine tea, had a fun juice tasting experience, and listened to jets on a recent trip. For sight and touch, I'm sharing our Jumble Jars and Jolly Jell-O sensory tray today, as well as "lots and lots and lots and lots" (as Wild Thing would say) of Winter Sensory Play Ideas from the Kid's Co-Op. Enjoy and then share your favorite holiday sensory play idea with me!

I made red jell-o and put it on a tray with jewels sprinkled in for the boys to find. Underneath our clear tray was our felt letter J. The boys loved touching the squishy jell-o, especially Caterpillar (2). We also added in some green fish-shaped ice cubes with Wild Thing squealing with delight that J is for jellyfish! Our jolly tray was complete as the boys explored the red and green mixture full of hidden gems. (And, yes, they went straight into the bathtub afterwards as they were sticky!) 

We also created and explored jumble jars. Our jumble jars and the jewels were the letter J items we could see as we explored the letter J through our sense of sight. This also gave us a chance to introduce a new vocabulary word to the boys: jumble, which is such a fun word to say!
Caterpillar, particularly, enjoyed emptying and filling up the jars over and over.
The J jar on the right was initially filled with milk caps with letter J stickers on them.

Now for all of the wonderfully fun and creative winter sensory 
play ideas from The Weekly Kid's Co-Op last week! 

Gift of Curiosity shared 12 Christmas Sensory Play Ideas, including our very popular Dollar Store Christmas Sensory Bin

Baby Play Winter Themed Sensory Explorations and a Simple Winter Tot Tray from yours truly!

Another baby sensory play idea from Natural Beach Living: Santa's Treasure Basket.

Christmas Sensory Play and Small World Train Play from Little Bins for Little Hands.

Fantastic Fun and Learning shared a fabulous Decorate a Tree Toddler Sensory Play Activity.

Another great Christmas Tree Decorating Activity was shared by Buggy and Buddy,  who also shared Snowy Christmas Tree Small World Play too. 

Living Montessori Now highlighted December Themed Activities for Kids and Montessori-Inspired Christmas Cards. For more Montessori-inspired sensory activities, also check out Racheous' round up of DIY Montessori Christmas Activities.

Another great round up is Mamas Like Me's Hands-On Holiday Sensory Activities.

For play dough and cloud dough play, check out Peppermint Cloud Dough Sensory Box from Kara's Classroom, Eggnog Cloud Dough from My Nearest and DearestCandy Cane Play Dough from KC Edventures, Happy Hooligans' Cookie Activity Tray with Christmas Play Dough and Play Snow from Danya Banya

My Nearest and Dearest also shared some Simple Christmas Sensory Play too. 

Fun-A-Day shared a fun Candy Cane Sensory bin and Christmas Contact/Sticky Paper Art

Christmas Sleigh Exploration - a fun sensory bin alternative from Suzy Homeschooler, and 10+ Snowman Activities shared by Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails. 

Bonus Share: Sensory Play Ideas for Extending Stories from Growing Book by Book for anytime of year! 

I'm sharing this post at Montessori Monday and Tuesday Tots


  1. thanks so much for including me!

  2. What a huge amount of sensory play options! Thanks for including our Play Snow! xx