Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Sensory Play with Gold & Silver Epsom Salts

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Here's a Christmas sensory bin that I put together for my preschooler K, while his older brother was at school. It's inspired by the song "Silver and Gold," which always makes me want to watch that classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer movie. I love that movie! Anyway, here's how we took the metallic colors of Christmas and turned them into a simple preschool sensory bin.

Christmas sensory play with gold & silver epsom salts from And Next Comes L

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I've been slightly addicted to our metallic liquid watercolors lately. We used gold in our frozen Christmas shapes and pearl white in our snowflake water sensory play. So I thought I would try dyeing some epsom salts with our metallic liquid watercolors as part of a Christmas sensory bin. They turned out so pretty!

Here's what we used for this Christmas sensory play idea:


First, I dyed the epsom salts with the liquid watercolors using this method. Once dry, I laid the dyed epsom salts in the glass dish so that half the tray was silver and the other half was gold. I then added the jingle bells, cookie cutter, and snowflakes.


Close up of metallic dyed epsom salts in a Christmas sensory bin from And Next Comes L

Close up of metallic dyed epsom salts in a Christmas sensory bin from And Next Comes L

While I tried refraining from singing "Silver and Gold" on repeat, K checked out this sensory bin. H really enjoyed pushing each item down into the epsom salts until they were buried.

Playing with gold & silver epsom salts in a Christmas sensory bin from And Next Comes L

But he was particularly enamored with the star cookie cutter! He loved pushing it into the epsom salts to leave star shapes throughout.

Playing with gold & silver epsom salts in a Christmas sensory bin from And Next Comes L

Playing with gold & silver epsom salts in a Christmas sensory bin from And Next Comes L

He even managed to make a jingle bell star "cookie."

Playing with gold & silver epsom salts in a Christmas sensory bin from And Next Comes L

Don't forget to try one of these other Christmas activites!



Christmas sensory play with gold & silver epsom salts from And Next Comes L
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