Tissue Paper Sensory Box – Let’s Cut!

This sensory box is cheap and fun, and is in cool wintry colors.  Your preschoolers can help make it by cutting up the paper, perfect for scissor skills. I used old blue tissue paper and happened to have some silver tinsel for gift bags which had a “Frozen” feel.  Sensory play is important!  You can learn more about it at this post on the importance of sensory play.

For this cool winter colored sensory box we need:

  • Tissue paper  (Any color works…obviously!)
  • Scissors
  • A box
  • Tinsel (optional)

 

Sensory Box - Tissue Paper

 

How to make the sensory box:

Unfold the tissue paper….easy!

Sensory Box - Roll out the tissue paper

One it is unfolded, roll it up as if you were making cinnamon rolls. If the kids are going to help cut the paper, just use one sheet of paper, oherwise, it will be too thick for little hands to cut. Cut the roll into one half inch or one inch pieces or so..it really doesn’t matter. Again, let your kids help create this box by having them cut the paper.

Sensory Box - cut rolled tissue paper

 

One of the most fun steps is unfurling the little tissue paper cinnomon rolls.

Sensory Box - Winter Blue Tissue Paper

 

Put it all in a box, sprinkle in the tinsel and it is ready for play!

Sensory Box for Winter with tissue paper!

 

How do you play with this sensory box???

First and foremost…just let your kids play and explore freely! Don’t provide any direction.

To expand the play you can offer:

  • Tongs, chip clips, clothes pins – these are great for prescissor skills. For more ideas for developing scissor skills click here.
  • Provide other containers for transfer play
  • Scoops
  • Toys to bury and find
  • Pom poms, cotton balls…

Have fun playing and exploring together!

 

Sensory Box - for scissors skills and sensory play too!

 

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Mittens…a winter craft for kids!

 

 

Mittens - easy toddler craftIt is mitten season! This is a quick and easy craft that even toddlers can make. Choose favorite colors and stickers to decorate these simple mittens. Read a mitten story for a literacy connection too!

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DIY Drinking Straw Bracelet – a craft for a crowd

DIY Straw Bracelet - crafts for crowdsThis DIY drinking straw bracelet is an easy and inexpensive craft that would work well for a crowd, such as a classroom or community event.  These could also be used as gifts that kids can make for others. They can be made by preschoolers to elementary school age kids and up. They can be simple or the kids can create a pattern using different colors and sizes of straws.

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Top Nine Pregnancy Apps

I’m pleased to have Bethany Barkey guest posting today. She is my daughter and mother to my first grandbaby. (We are excited!) We expected our little Ruby to arrive yesterday…literally! Bethany has been talking about all of the apps she has enjoyed during the last nine months, so I’ve invited her to share them with you too.

Technology and information has changed so much since the smartphone, and I was somewhat surprised when my doctor recommended I check out apps for keeping up to date on baby’s progress and development! Since that nine week appointment, I’ve discovered a whole new world of information via my phone. Here are some of my favorite apps that I’ve loved and used a lot during pregnancy. The title links are clickable and will take you straight to the app.

Top 9 Pregnancy Apps from Creative Connections for Kids

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DIY Pegboard Organization

Pegboard organization on desk from Creative Connections for Kids

Summer time is organization time at our house since I tend to create a pile mountain of stuff as I rush around through the school year. I wanted a pegboard to organize and hang in my office to help catch the supplies that I am always looking for. Pegboard storage can also be used in a child’s room, a classroom, a closet; the options are limitless.  It just depends what needs to be stored and organized.

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