Fun Activities

& Recipes 

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Christmas Sensory Box

Split peas
Scoops/small shovels
Symbols of Christmas: small pine cones, stars, small
ornaments, snowflakes, red pom poms, sequins, jingle
bells, cotton to simulate snow, pieces of garland, small
snowmen
Put all in a medium-large plastic container, preferably
one with a lid.

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Gratitude JAr

Over the year write down anything that happens to you that you are grateful for, or something fun that you did. By the end of the year your jar should be full, and you will be able to read through everything you put into the jar and look back at the amazing year!

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FALL SENSORY BOXES

Sensory boxes are great for kids to explore items tactically while encouraging imaginative and creative play.  For a fall sensory box, use a clear plastic bin or shoebox and add oatmeal or unpopped popcorn.  Next add the fall items: cinnamon sticks, mini pumpkins, acorns, pine cones, toy apples, fall leaves, strands of raffia, and toy apples.  Add a child's trowel, children's tweezers, or a scoop and let the fun begin!

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No Cook Gingerbread Playdough

2 c. flour
1 c. salt
4 tsp. cream of tartar
2 Tbsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. nutmeg
1 Tbsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. cloves
4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 c. water

Stir with a wooden spoon until well mixed.  When it becomes too difficult to stir, take out of the bowl and knead on the counter. Now use gingerbread-shaped cookie cutters to create your gingerbread men!

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MAGNA TILES

A must-share...this has been a favorite in my classroom for several years.  'Where math, science, and creativity meet'! 

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FALL PLAYDOUGH

1 c. white flour

1/2 c. salt

2 Tbsp. cream of tartar (found in the spice aisle)

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1 c water

1/2 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon

food coloring in fall colors (optional)

Add all ingredients to a pot and mix.  Turn the stove to medium and stir constantly.  When dough becomes playdough consistency, remove from heat and knead until cool.  Keeps for three months unrefrigerated in an airtight container.