This Christmas, I’ve failed miserably at the whole Christmas crafts for the kids thing. I had so many ideas pinned and yet so little time to do them. This is definitely something I intend to change next year, as with Bella about to start school in September, my time with her is running out. I did, however, manage this activity. We made a Christmas Treasure box for Elsie and it was fantastic. Elsie still plays with the treasure box now, and we placed it under the Christmas tree to distract her from the baubles and lights. And yes, it works! Here’s how to make a Christmas Treasure Box for babies.
I filled our tray with as many Christmassy items I could find. We had bright colourful beads, rainbow rice, reindeer food, angel’s hair, shiny ribbons, brightly coloured foil caps, glitter, empty baubles, sliggerty sticky tape, empty plastic bottles, small lego pieces and tinsel. We intended to make a selection of sensory baubles and bottles to go in our box.
Sensory rattly bottles
It turns out that the little plastic bottles I had been saving in case they came in handy were very handy indeed! We covered them with the glittery sticky tape and filled them with different materials to make different sounds.
Bella loved experimenting with different materials- rice, dried pasta, small beads etc. We had a little naming session with each bottle as we filled it!
Because the baubles are transparent, we could experiment with more than sounds for these sensory rattles. We added different colours and sizes too.
It was also great opportunity for Bella for practise fine motor skills, and concentration skills too! I’m pleased to say that she filled every bauble, and I stuck them together with the glittery tape. We even made a lego bauble for Luka!
The finished box
To finish the box we added tinsel, and fairy lights. So simple, and yet it looked really lovely.
She dived straight in to investigate!
The baubles are by far her favourite!
But the bottles are just as interesting too!
All items were bought from the range, and although it’s a Christmas themed treasure box, I can see it lasting a lot longer than the festive period. I love how Elsie knows this box is for her to investigate without fear of being told no, or be careful etc. She loves the lights, and the different sensory baubles and bottles. A perfect treasure box, a brilliant activity for preschoolers, and so easy to make too!