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Christmas Sensory Bottles

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These Christmas sensory bottles are sure to provide hours of discovery for kids. From snow globe sensory bottles to I-spy explorations to combining science and sensory, you will find all kinds of ideas for creating holiday sensory bottles here.

Sensory bottles can also have a calm down effect and with the excitement of Christmas approaching, that can certainly be a very good thing! Try creating one for yourself and you’ll discover what a gem they can be.

Christmas Sensory Bottles:

Christmas Counting I-Spy Discovery Bottle from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Christmas Ornament Sensory Bottle from here on The Chaos and the Clutter

Floating Confetti Christmas Sensory Bottle from Teaching Mama

Jingle Bell Magnetic Sensory Bottle from Parenting Chaos

Christmas Tree in a Bottle from Sunny Day Family

Snow Globe Sensory Bottle at The Best Ideas for Kids

Liquid Density Christmas Science Bottle on Little Bins with Little Hands

Christmas I-Spy Bottle from Simple Play Ideas

Christmas Sensory Bottle from Teaching Mama

Christmas I-Spy Bottles from Little Bins for Little Hands

Magnetic Sensory Bottles from No Time for Flash Cards

Christmas Tree Calm Down Bottle at Stir the Wonder

Christmas Sensory Bottle for Babies and Toddlers from Laughing Kids Learn

Winter Sensory Bottles:

Melted Snowman Sensory Bottle from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Snowflake Sensory Bottle from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Arctic Sensory Bottle from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Frozen Inspired Snowstorm Sensory Bottle at Rhythms of Play

Snowmen in a Snowstorm Sensory Bottle from Modern Preschool

Penguin Sensory Bottle from Teaching Mama

Snowman Sensory Bottle from Little Bins for Little Hands

Blizzard in a Bottle on No Time for Flash Cards

Winter Wonderland Snowflake Sensory Bottle from The Jenny Evolution

You may also be interested in these holiday sensory activities for kids:

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Huge List of Outdoor Winter Sensory Activities

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During the warm months, it’s easy to get outdoor sensory activities into your child’s schedule. It is much more difficult when the ground is covered by snow and the temperature is below freezing. These winter sensory activities are designed to provide much-needed sensory input during the cold months. Use these ideas to ensure your students or kids get outside and burn off that energy.

Huge List of Outdoor Winter Sensory Activities designed to get your kids enjoying the colder months tooGoing outside in the winter isn’t my favourite thing. Some of my kids completely love the winter. For one of them, the colder, the better. For the ones that feel the way I do about the cold though, I have to be creative in coming up with enticing ideas to get them to stay active in the winter. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that their need for sensory input goes away so it’s important to find ways to create winter sensory activities.

Outdoor Winter Sensory Activities

  • Snow Angels
  • Snowball Fights
  • Rolling Down a Hill in the Snow
  • Tobogganning
  • Make a snow fort – Just be sure to do this with adult supervision as it can be dangerous if children get caught under collapsed snow.
  • Stomp patterns or words into the snow
  • Have a contest to see who can roll the biggest snowball
  • Go snowshoeing
  • Try cross-country or downhill skiing
  • Go ice skating
  • Set up an obstacle course in your backyard
  • Build an igloo with a snow block maker or use milk cartons to make your own snow block maker
  • Build a toboggan run
  • Winter Nature Hike
  • Shovelling Snow (great heavy work activity!)
  • Play tag in the snow
  • Hide plastic coins under the snow and have kids hunt for buried treasure
  • Winter Scavenger Hunt
  • Pour boiled maple syrup on the snow to make taffy – this is a French Canadian winter tradition

More Outdoor Winter Sensory Activities

Once the weather warms up, you’ll want this list on hand:

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Calm Down Breathing for Kids

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Teaching your child a few simple calm down strategies can make a big difference. The most basic one and perhaps the most important is breathing. Calm down breathing is a skill that is very effective when a child is under stress, struggling with anxiety or having a meltdown.

3 Calm Down Breathing Techniques for kids #parenting #specialneedsDeep breathing has been scientifically proven to combat stress and anxiety. It is used in meditation and yoga. With children, calm down breathing is an essential technique to learn to help with self-regulation.

When a child goes into their fight, flight or freeze response, their heart rate increases and their breathing becomes rapid and shallow. This decreases the oxygen to their cells, which obviously does not improve brain function in the moment. This makes it all the more important to practise good breathing technique and get that oxygen flowing well again.

These three calm down breathing techniques are extremely effective and easy to learn.

3 calm down breathing techniques:

  • Have your child put their hand on their stomach and feel the rise and fall while they breathe.
  • Have them inhale for 4 seconds, trying to fill their “belly balloon” with air, hold the breath for 2 seconds and then exhale.
  • Teach them to breathe slowly in through their nose, out through their mouth. The best way to teach this method is to have them make eye contact with you and do it at the same time as you while you give them the verbal cues of “in through your nose” and “out through your mouth”. I find this one especially helpful during a meltdown.

Teaching breathing techniques should be done while your child is already calm and can concentrate. Ideally, if you practise breathing techniques often enough, they become motor muscle memory and will be easier for your child to access during times of distress.

When they are distressed, you can give them scripts (“in through your nose, out through your mouth”, “fill your belly balloon” or “let’s breathe”) to help them along. These should be short and simple.

Blowing bubbles through a bubble wand or doing bubble painting is another way to practise calming breathing so that that motor muscle memory kicks in when those moments of fight-flight-freeze occur. Blowing softly to spin a pinwheel is another good way to practise calm down breathing.

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You can read about other calm down methods for kids here and get the relaxation prompts which are so helpful once your child learns how to use them.

The Big List of Christmas Playdough Mats

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Playdough mats are an excellent sensory and learning experience for kids. With the holiday season approaching, I wanted to share these free Christmas Playdough Mats and playdough activities with you. It is such a big list of Christmas playdough mats!

With the holiday season approaching, I wanted to share these free Christmas Playdough Mats and playdough activities with you. It is such a big list of Christmas playdough mats!Playdough mats are a wonderful sensory and learning activity for kids. They also happen to be a great way to keep kids busy while you wrap gifts or do holiday baking or get the house cleaned up for all that company that may be coming your way.

Christmas Playdough Mats and Activities:

The Christmas Playdough Mats Activity from The Natural Homeschool includes cute playdough cards and suggestions for using things such as cranberries and glitter with the playdough.

Shaunna over at Fantastic Fun and Learning shares a Candy Cane Play Dough Writing Tray. What a neat Christmas sensory activity for preschoolers!

In this article from Schooling a Monkey, you’ll find Preschool STEM Challenges and Experiments using Christmas playdough.

These Christmas Playdough Mats at Totschooling are some of the cutest I have ever seen!

My favourite page of these printable from Picklebums is the Santa Needs Some Clothes.

Fantastic Fun and Learning has Free Printable Christmas Ornament Playdough Mats.

Sheryl at Teaching 2 & 3 Year Olds created an Easy Snowman Building Playdough Activity that needs very little set up.

For kids who are learning their numbers, these Christmas Tree Playdough Mats for Numbers 1-10 from Life Over C’s are a great fit.

For kids who are ready for addition, these Christmas Tree Math Playdough Mats at School Time Snippets are a fun way to learn.

This Playdough Christmas Tree Craft for Kids from The Educator’s Spin on It is really cute.

The Christmas Tree Counting Play Dough Mats over at Simple Fun for Kids combine a bit of learning in with the play.

These Free Christmas Playdough Mats from 123Homeschool4Me have a lot of variety.

This Decorate a Play Dough Christmas Tree kit made by Mama Papa Bubba would make a lovely gift to give. She’s also created an adorable Build Your Play Dough Snowman Kit.

With the holiday season approaching, I wanted to share these free Christmas Playdough Mats and playdough activities with you. It is such a big list of Christmas playdough mats!

More Christmas Playdough Mats:

Scented Christmas Day Playdough Recipe from Nurture Store

Christmas Tree Playdough from Homegrown Friends

Printable Christmas Playdough Mats from Emma Owl

Christmas Cookie Tray Counting Mats from 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Christmas Tree Playdough Mats at Simple Fun for Kids

Cute Christmas Counting Playdough Mats from Natural Beach Living

Christmas and Winter Playdough Mats from This Reading Mama

Counting Gumdrops Gingerbread Man Play Dough Mats from The Kindergarten Connection

Christmas Counting Mats from Pre-K Pages

If you’re looking for the perfect homemade playdough recipe to use with these Christmas playdough mats, I’ve got you covered! Check out these Christmas playdough recipes.