Cardboard Sensory Play BoxToday’s Guest Author is Lauren from Heart of Deborah
About Lauren: I am a daughter of the King, a wife and a mother. I enjoy using the gifts that God has given to me to be a blessing to others.
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Sensory play is a great way to beat these winter blues. It has been a long winter! I don’t like being stuck inside and it’s been difficult to keep Ellie entertained these past few weeks. She likes experiencing new things and that isn’t easy to do when you can’t go anywhere with this winter weather. So I decided to make the best of it and I searched Pinterest. What would we do without Pinterest!? As expected, I found great sensory play ideas for kids that are essentially free. We decided to make our own sensory cardboard box with things I had around the house.
There is no secret recipe or formula!
Just find things around your house that are shiny or have texture (this helps with sensory input). Sometimes Ellie seems to like household items better than her toys. After I cut the ends of the box off to create the tunnel I realized it was a little wobbly. So to keep it from falling over I added braces (small triangles) on the top corners. In the future I wouldn’t cut the entire end off, but shape the ends like an upside down U. So it looks like a tunnel! I carefully poked holes in the box and added the Christmas lights, glow sticks, and decorative flowers. Ellie loved the Christmas lights and scooting herself through the cardboard box. I can’t wait to get bigger boxes and create more tunnels, caves, and hideouts!