We sometimes need a bit more space for our sensory play, so we have a small inflatable pool that we can get out (we store it when we're not using it). It works really well at containing activities that would otherwise make an entire room a bit, ahem, messy.
For this activity, I bought a bunch of bags (somewhere around 8-10) of shredded paper/Easter grass from the Dollar Store and let the kids have at it.
S was beyond thrilled and was bouncy-crazy-exuberant while X, just a few months old, was mesmerized by all the paper (and his sister's crazy antics!).
X observing all the beautiful colors (I think he liked the shiny kind the best. He's kind of a magpie.)
X liked crinkling some of the paper in his hands.
S was 3 at the time, and though I didn't get pictures of it, we played a game where I would hide 10-15 ping pong balls (also from the Dollar Store) AKA Easter eggs in the Easter grass/paper mixture and S would have to root around to find them. I found that the ping pong balls worked better than the traditional plastic Easter eggs because they are lighter and smaller and required more searching. We'd practice counting up to whatever number I'd hidden together and talk about how many she'd found vs. how many were left (beginning subtraction with a lot of help).
Despite its fluffy nature, the Easter grass/paper does compact down fairly well and we store it in our shoebox containers when we aren't using it.
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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.
seriously cute idea. love itReplyDelete
Thank you! I got to play in it, too. ;)Delete
This is perfect! We have 3 garbage bags full of shredded paper from recent tax time organization in our house. I was planning to make a big play area in a baby pool just as you have done. Only ours is all white...I'm thinking it will still be serious fun :) I would love to invite you to link up at our Share It Saturday linky party. We have lots of creative ideas submitted each week and you would fit right in! http://www.sugaraunts.com/2013/03/share-it-saturday-9-and-our-week-in.htmlReplyDelete
Hope to see you there!
Colleen at Sugar Aunts
Hi Colleen! I think all white could be even cooler if you're hiding ping pong eggs - they'd be even harder to find in white! And I'm also going to bet that a pool full of shredded paper is fun regardless of the color of the paper. :) Thank you for the invite and I will definitely check it out!Delete
Thank you, Angela!! :)Delete