Friday, January 14, 2011

* Winter Rice Sensory Box

With temperatures in the teens and twenties  for the past several weeks,
we've been spending LOTS of time indoors. 

Last week, I dumped the frozen ice blocks out of our
water play table that was sitting sadly on our deck. 

I used some Method LeScrub and an old towel
to spiff it up and clean up all of the dirt and mud stains.

Then, I poured the contents of our 
Winter Wonderland box into the dry "water" table
and it's been 9 solid days of afternoon entertainment.

Even big sister and her friend joined in this week. 
Posts about our Winter Box can be found here and here. 

It's also been a great way to practice our sweeping and dust pan skills.  
You can't have rice avalanches without a little spillage!
Yes, I know that polar bears and penguins don't live together - we're not that picky around here.

 I've also set up our light table in the playroom
for some more fun play!
(It's just my old light box on one of the girls' Ikea Play tables)

You can make your own Light Table with an acrylic box-style frame,
a piece of white paper, and some low-temperature LED lights 
(like xmas lights, a flash light, or battery operated tea lights)

 Snowflakes and Snowmen made out of shapes!

The blocks you see on our table were a Christmas gift from our favorite Aunt Darb....
You can get your own

Happy Winter!

pink and green mama


Shonni said...

I’m new to your blog and love all your wonderful ideas! I have a little guy with sensory issues and just set up a rice box for him...he loves it!!!

Kathy said...

Great ideas! In the background of one of your pics I see a "snowflake tree". Did you talk about that already?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Shonni,

Rice boxes and sensory boxes with beans/shredded paper tissue grass are fantastic for kids with sensory issues!! They're lots of fun and we always have them going around here and they're a big hit!!

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. : )

pink and green mama,

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Kathy,

No I haven't posted about the snowflake tree. It's covered in starched, hand-crocheted snowflakes my very talented Aunt Linda made -- we change the decorations for each season/month. : )

pink and green mama,

Deanna said...

Love the winter box and the cool table to put it in! I'm thinking we need to get out the rice 'n' beans box and mini toys today too...though we don't have such cool animals, so it will be just dinos and LPS as usual. :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love you reused things in the post. The water and sand table inside made a great sensory table. I love the light table too.

Rebecca said...

Love the adorable little snowmen in this bin! We just posted our winter bin today too, haha :)

Marti said...

I love your blog and the great ideas! If I may share, another good light box is an opaque shoe box sized storage container, turned upside down with a touch light inside. Super cheap, and you can store all of your light box stuff easily inside. :) I received this tip from a fellow pediatric therapist.

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Marti --

That's genius! I love the idea of using a touch light!!
I was wracking my brain trying to think of a cheap, kid-friendly, but not too hot light source --- this is perfect!

Thank you for sharing!


Jackie H. said...

Hey, we have a dirty water table that I drug in from the deck, too. It's been sitting in our basement. I've been thinking the basement was too cold for water play but maybe rice would be a good alternative. thanks!

Stacey said...

Where do you find your little toys for all of these sensory boxes? They're so cute! Also, where do you get the little things to put inside your ABC box with all the tiny drawers?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Stacey,

I have collected little toys from a large variety of sources over the years. My aunt always sends goodie boxes to the girls with little fun trinkets and toys for various holidays and always did for me too (I saved them over the years) I've picked up some goodies at Michaels craft store (JoAnnes would work too) to get things like little wooden shapes (fence, tree, flag, shape buttons, tiny $1 bin grow animals) We also use stuff from my years of playing Barbies, doll house miniatures, and those fabulous little Tube animals you can find at stores like Michaels (save those weekly 40%-50% off coupons and buy one tube at a time!) They're fantastic for sensory boxes, imaginative play, and ABC box drawers!

Hope this helps, I also get the little shape erasers from my neighbor - his company buys them for something and he brings over goody bags for each of the girls about 3-4 times a year with little shape erasers and mini toys like the mini polar bears and penguins in the winter box!

pink and green mama,

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