Wednesday, 27 January 2016

How to turn Sweet Wrappers into Sensory Games

Christmas has now come and gone. While our family totally pigged out on all things naughty and nice over the last few weeks of December, we still had a ridiculous amount of yummy treats tucked away on the shelves come January 1st.The new years resolution of eating healthier became somewhat hampered by the goodies that kept calling to me every day. As a matter of urgency, I've now started getting through the remaining selection boxes to rid myself of any more temptation. 

One of this week's boxes to be demolished was the Roses. After consuming said chocolates and discarding a few wrappers, my hoarding/creative brain kicked in. The little voice chimed "don't throw the wrappers... think of all the craft/sensory/child play you could have" 

One of the first things I did was put a few colourful toys and bits to make a sensory basket for Chick 3. 

I got out a few of the stacking pots and as he picked various colours out I said the colour pointing to the pot and his wrapper. I showed him how to put it into the right pot, then after a few goes he started doing it too. He parroted the words "red" and "lellow", which was really cute.

Other sensory activities that came from the wrappers were looking through the different coloured wrappers and crackling them close to his ears to listen to the sound it made. 

With Chick 1 and 2 we had a go at combining the wrappers to see which colours we could make. I asked Chick one if she could make a particular colour and she'd try and find it through trial and error. 

I have a few other ideas I want to try but haven't got round to yet, including tinted glasses and stained glass window effect art. 

I also found this link which has filled me with ideas - 50 sweet wrapper crafts

I better get muching away on those choccies!

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