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Looking for fun Elf on the Shelf ideas that will inspire some great sensory play at your house? Here are 15 new ideas for you to try…your little one won’t be able to resist getting in on the action!
Looking for more Elf on the Shelf fun? Check out our post, 15 Gross Motor Activities for the Elf on the Shelf too!1. Caught red handed in a pile of shaving cream with the bottle of shaving cream left out for your little one to take a turn!
2. Buried in a bowl of dry oatmeal with another larger bowl of oatmeal set out for kids to play with (hide some holiday items inside like small ornaments, jingle bells, pinecones, etc.).
3. About to dive into a sink full of soapy water with cups to fill and pour. 4. Wrapped up tight in a linen napkin like a hot dog with a blanket nearby for your child to try the same thing!
5. Jamming to some music using headphones with a pair left out for your child.
6. Coloring with a pack of scented markers. 7. Shoving pennies from your child’s piggy bank into a big pile of playdough.
8. Loading a backpack full of heavy books for your child to try to carry around the house!
9. Playing in the ice box…cool! :) Fill up a large tupperware container with ice cubes for your child to play in. 10. Having some quiet time reading in a cozy place (behind the couch, between a piece of furniture and the wall), encouraging your little one to do the same.
11. At the end of a trail of Light Brite pegs leading to the toy for your child to try!
12. Making snowballs for an indoor fight by crumpling up pages from a magazine. 13. Playing with washable finger paint
14. Swinging in a cloth napkin hammock. Parents can make a swing for kids too! Each adult holds one end of a sheet with the child lying inside!
15. With his feet stuck into a bowl of dry rice with another larger bowl of dry rice set out for kids to play with (include spoons, scoops, and measuring cups).
Wow, that Elf really knows how to do sensory!!
Looking for more great activities for kids? Try these!
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Pam Braley has been an occupational therapist since 1997 and has worked in several environments including pediatric inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, step down NICU, and currently school based for the past 8 years. She is a mother of two beautiful children, Jack (7) and Ella (5). Pam enjoys cooking, reading a good book, exercising including walks, yoga, and training with friends. This quote has traveled with Pam to each desk she has claimed while being an OT and helps her stay focused both in her career and as a mom.
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Dayna @ lemon lime adventures says
I love these ideas. Found my way here through Welcome Wednesday. I linked up a Elf post that promotes writing, reading and problem solving. Can’t wait to incorporate some of these and share with my readers.
Hi Dayna….thanks for stopping by! I saw your post and thought it was so fun! We will share your take on the Elf on our FB page. Enjoy the rest of your week!
Tina @ Mamas Like Me says
These are great! thanks for sharing! I think our elf will be doing some fingerpainting this week!
Yay Tina!! Thanks for stopping by today! Hope your elf loves fingerpainting! Happy Holidays!
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Shelly Maines says
This website is wonderful! I’m a PT and feel I get stuck trying to come up with ideas and variations. Thanks for the suggestions!
Thank you Shelly! We are so happy that our site is helping to spark your creativity! It is so hard to come up with different ways to address the same skills in pediatric PT while keeping the kiddos engaged…glad we could help!!
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