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Christmas Sensory Bin

I just love the smell of peppermint. Seriously. It makes my heart glad that Christmas is the perfect excuse to use it all month…. in everything. So, while sucking on a candy cane the other afternoon I decided that the scent of peppermint was a great basis for a new sensory play activity. Life is short– let’s get messy! This particular sensory play is not best for babies as they may try and eat the shaving cream– I set it up for a 3 year old and a preschooler (they loved it!).

If you are new on the block of early childhood play/activities- sensory play is any activity that stimulates any of your little one’s five senses: sight, touch, sound, taste and smell. They shouldn’t taste this one, but it’s got of all the other 4 senses covered. Searching for and removing the small objects inside the shaving cream is also great for their fine motor skills.

Here’s what you’ll need:

– Sensory Bin

– Barbasol Shaving Cream

– Red Food Coloring

– Peppermint Oil or Extract

– Glitter

– Christmas Themed Toys, Trinkets, or Foam Cutouts

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Let’s get started…

1.) Fill your sensory bin with shaving cream.

2.) Sprinkle peppermint oil and a few drops of red food coloring on the top of your shaving cream.

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3.) Make a swirling pattern on the top of the shaving cream by using a butter knife.

4.) Arrange and hide your trinkets in the shaving cream and then sprinkle with glitter.

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5.) Let the kiddos loose and have fun! I like to make it into a game. Have your child find all of the trinkets and give a tiny prize. A little candy cane perhaps. Yum.

(Note: I recommend having a wet washcloth or paper towels nearby.)

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Happy Holidays.

xo

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