The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are a lot of fun around here.
We decorate together.
We drink hot chocolate.
We watch as many Christmas movies as possible.
It’s fun, but it is also overstimulating and anxiety inducing for my boys. The unique sensory experience of the holidays (think Christmas music blaring with an artificial pine candles burning) combined with a different routine can be challenging.
With this in mind, I want to head into the most wonderful time of the year prepared. This year, this means starting our day outdoors, and as many sensory activities as possible.
In order to make it easy on all of us, I thought I would list out 31 days of winter sensory activities for my kids and for yours.
31 Days Of Winter Sensory Activities (for all ages!)
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Day 1: Ice and Salt Science
Day 2: Indoor Fort Building
Day 3: Snow Slime
Day 4: Ice Berg Hop (place couch cushions all over room and have child jump from one “ice berg” to the next without touching the “water” )
Day 5: Ice Painting
Day 6: “Naked Eggs” in holiday colors
Day 7: Make and send holiday cards
Day 8: Painter’s Tape Pine Tree (create a pine tree on the floor with painter’s tape, the taller the better!)
Day 9: Artificial Snowball Fight
Day 10: Make Popcorn Strings
Day 11: Make Your Own Snow
Day 12: Make Ping Pong Ball Snowmen
Day 13: DIY Ornaments
Day 14: Play Twister using only red and green circles
Day 15: Bake and decorate holiday cookies
Day 16: Make your own stocking
Day 17: Snowstorm in a Bottle
Day 18: Cut-out good old fashioned snowflakes from white paper and hang on windows
Day 19: Candy Cane Water Science
Day 20: Create Your Own Holiday Windows with chalk markers
Day 21: Make a Snow Globe
Day 22: Trampoline Snow Ball Bounce (with real or artificial snow balls)
Day 23: Snow Man Coffee Filter Craft
Day 24: Make Peppermint Thinking Putty
Day 25: Hot Chocolate Play Dough
Day 26: Make an Ice Hand
Day 27: Make and Eat Homemade Icicles (water frozen in Popsicle molds)
Day 28: Wrapping Paper Wrap-Up (use large, unused roll of wrapping paper to wrap up your sensory kiddo)
Day 29: Melted Frosty Snowman Bottle
Day 30: New Years Fireworks Activity
Day 31: New Years Dance Party
I may not get to them all, but at least we have a solid plan!
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Shawna Wingert is a former training and development professional turned education specialist, and has homeschooled her two children for the last ten years.Shawna has written four books about homeschooling unique learners and has been featured in homeschooling discussions on Today.com, The Mighty, Simple Homeschool, My Little Poppies and Raising Lifelong Leaners.
You can find her online here at DifferentByDesignLearning.com.