We love giving homemade gifts and we love giving sensory gifts to kids. This present is a fun one because it’s simple to make, and fun to receive. We made two of them for a recent weekend when we attended two birthday parties!
You will need:
- A container with a lid (We used old laundry soap tubs- you just have to keep your eye out for a container that a small hand will fit in.)
- Treasures- marbles, coins, stones, buttons, you know: treasures
- A Sensory Filler- rice, beans, lentils, corn- we used some Rainbow Rice we had made.
- A photo of your treasures and glue (optional)
Lay out your treasures together and photograph them. I took a picture from a little ways back so I would be able to crop it close to the treasures. I made a lucky guess for size when I printed them out.
Glue or tape your image onto your container– I glued mine inside the lid.
Mix the treasure with the sensory filler, close up your container and decorate; easy as that!
My kids really enjoyed deciding which treasures to include in the gift they were giving, and of course we hope their friends have fun seeking them out!
Alissa Zorn is an author, and founder of the website Overthought This. She's a coach and cartoonist passionate about helping people overcome perfectionism and shame to build authentic, joyful lives. Alissa is certified through the International Coach Federation and got her Trauma-Informed Coaching certification from Moving the Human Spirit. She wrote Bounceback Parenting: A Field Guide for Creating Connection, Not Perfection, and is always following curiosity to find her next creative endeavor.