Monster Sensory Activities

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The term “monster” is one that makes most people think of cuddly creatures like the Cookie Monster rather than striking fear. As such, monsters have become a fun way for kids to engage their imaginations and explore. These monster themed sensory activities allow them to do just that while also meeting their sensory needs.
These monster sensory activities will have your little ones squealing with delight! Perfect for all kinds of sensory exploration.



easy to make monster craft out of cups. These are so cute!Easy Monster Craft

Slow Cooker Soups

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Whether it’s on a hot summer day or a chilly winter one, it’s so nice to come home to a delicious soup cooking in the crock pot. These slow cooker soups will hit the spot no matter the weather.

Thai Coconut Chicken & Wild Rice Soup from Carlsbad Cravings (pictured)

From Freezer to Crock Pot Chicken Taco Soup from here on The Chaos and The Clutter (pictured)

Pizza Soup from Sunshine and Hurricanes

It's so nice to come home to a delicious soup cooking in the crock pot.Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup from Intoxicated on Life

Creamy Chicken and Kale Soup from Sidetracked Sarah

Crock Pot Cheeseburger Soup from Life in the Lofthouse (pictured)

Crock Pot Tortellini Soup from here on The Chaos and The Clutter (pictured)

Lentil and Sausage Soup from Growing up Grabel

Carrot Butternut Squash Soup from Peas and Carrots (pictured)

Vegetable Beef Slow Cooker Soup from Intoxicated on Life

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup from Mama Loves Food

Creamy Seafood Chowder from Gather for Bread (pictured)

Slow Cooker Tomato Soup from The Jenny Evolution

Skinny Broccoli Cheese Soup from Mom Endeavors (pictured)

Chicken Salsa Soup from Happy Hooligans

soups-in-the-slow-cookerPinto Tortilla Soup from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Crockpot French Onion Soup from Cook Nourish Bliss (pictured)

Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Wild Rice Soup from Carlsbad Cravings

Chicken Tomato Bisque from ABC Creative Learning

Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Soup from Peas and Carrots (pictured)

Mexican Corn Soup Recipe from Sidetracked Sarah

Homemade Minestrone Soup from Little Spice Jar (pictured)

Crock Pot Crab Chowder from The Frugal Girls

Chicken Noodle Soup from Peace but Not Quiet

Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup from Family Fresh Meals (pictured)

Easy Ham and Bean Soup Recipe from Mom Endeavors

slow-cooker-soups-squareRavioli Soup from Gal on a Mission

Slow Cooker Thai Pumpkin Soup from Bake, Eat, Repeat (pictured)

Lobster Bisque from Crock-Pot Ladies

Zesty Kielbasa Soup Recipe from Sidetracked Sarah

Chicken and Corn Chowder from Damn Delicious (pictured)

Green Chile Enchilada Soup from Lil’ Luna

Thai Coconut and Roasted Cauliflower Soup from Climb, Eat, Cycle, Repeat

Tomato Basil Soup from Your Homebased Mom

Slow Cooker Chicken Broth with Leftover Rotisserie Chicken from The Pinning Mama

Creamy Potato Apple Brie Soup in the Crock Pot from Peas and Carrots

7 Can Soup Recipe from Thrifty DIY Diva

I hope you enjoy these amazing crock pot soup recipes. Some of our family’s favourites are here. You may also like some of our other slow cooker collections:

Breakfasts in the Slow Cooker squareBreakfasts in the Slow Cooker

Summer in the Slow Cooker squareSummer in the Slow Cooker

Take Flight with a Sky Sensory Bin

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Last year, we did a flight unit in our homeschool and I always like to add sensory elements to everything we study. It allows the kids to explore and use their imaginations and helps their retention. Recently, we created three sky sensory activities that would have complemented that unit nicely including this sky sensory bin. They would also work well with a weather unit.

This Sky sensory bin is perfect for flight units or for kids who want to explore and use their imaginations.For this sky sensory bin, we used a base of dry pasta that we dyed blue. If you’ve never dyed pasta before, you can read about how to do it using either rubbing alcohol or vinegar. (click those words and it will take you to simple tutorials for each method)

For the actual bin for this, I used a clear food storage container that was fairly deep. After filling it with the blue pasta shells, we added some of the items from the In the Sky Toob and used the remaining items from the tube to add to our Sky Sensory Bag and Sky Sensory Bottle.

The kids cut cloud shapes out of white foam and added them into the bin. We also added cotton balls to represent fluffy clouds. I like how colourful the items are. They make this such a cheerful looking sensory bin.

sky-sensory-binThe hot air balloon from the In the Sky Toob was a particularly popular element and there were several imaginative play scenarios that resulted from it.

sky-sensory-bin-squareFor dozens of other sensory bin ideas, check out all of our past Sensory Bins.

If you are looking for information on making sensory bins, you may be interested in my book all about it. The Ultimate Guide to Sensory Bins

Crock Pot Tortellini Soup

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This tortellini soup recipe is so easy. It cooks in the crock pot. This soup can even be made ahead as a freezer meal. It is hearty enough for a complete dinner. You can customize and change up this recipe by adding different vegetable combinations. Start by using vegetables that you know your family likes and then change it up once they are in love with this soup!

This hearty crock pot tortellini soup can also be made ahead as a freezer meal.

Tortellini Soup Recipe:

Throw into a large crock pot:

1 chopped onion
1 900 mL tetrapak of chicken broth or homemade chicken stock
1 700 mL jar pasta sauce
3 cloves of minced garlic
3 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp chili flakes
2 cups water
3 cups frozen mixed veggies (I use an Italian blend that has carrots, cauliflower, zucchini, romano beans, lima beans, and red pepper, but any combination of mixed vegetables is fine)

Stir and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.

15 minutes before you are set to serve supper, add:

4-5 cups of fresh cheese tortellini

Simmer for 15 minutes and serve. This recipe feeds our entire family of 9 people and there’s usually enough for a leftover lunch for a few of us as well.

If you want, you can add some extra red pepper flakes and grated parmesan cheese on each bowl when serving. I like things spicy so I add a lot of red pepper flakes.

tortellini-soup-squareIf making the tortellini soup as a freezer meal, put all the ingredients except the tortellini in a large resealable bag, remove the excess air and freeze it flat. If you want to, you can add the tortellini into another resealable bag and staple the bags together so that everything you need is in one place. On the day of cooking, thaw and pour the ingredients into a crock pot. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours and stir 4-5 cups of tortellini in 15 minutes before serving.


Check out some of our other delicious soup recipes:

Pinto Tortilla SoupPinto Tortilla Soup

Freezer to Crock Pot Chicken Taco Soup squareFreezer to Crock Pot Chicken Taco Soup