Preschool,  Toddler

A (simple) Festive Tray for Sensory Play

It’s so easy to get caught up with all of the sparkles and bling of Christmas time, but more and more, we personally like to keep our play simple. When the days get crazy, the best thing to do is simplify play rather than go extra. Here’s a simple sensory tray to try this festive season…

You will need:

  • Flour
  • Coconut
  • Christmas spice mix (optional)
  • Winter themed animals
  • Suggested decorations: orange slices, wood slices, pinecones, pine cuttings)
  • Funnels
  • Tea strainer or mini colander
  • Plastic tub or the IKEA ‘Flisat’ table that’s featured here.

What to do:

Whilst I have suggested using flour and coconut here, this is a really great opportunity to use up any odds and ends from your pantry. On other occasions we’ve used rice instead.

The Flisat table featured here is brilliant (we bought ours for Christmas last year) but it isn’t essential for play. Other good alternatives include a circular tray or even a plastic storage tub.

Age Recommendations

The great thing about (most) food based trays is the fact that they are also suitable for younger toddlers. My son (18 months) and daughter (almost 4) are both having fun using this tray.

As always, please ensure that the activity is fully supervised.

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British primary school teacher and mum of 2.

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