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Tasha’s Craftiest Activity: Touch and Feel Sensory Box!

In this super fun activity, you will get to completely transform a normal cardboard box into a magical, colorful, exciting creation! You can take inspiration from the illustrations in The Biggest Gift of All and from your surroundings. This activity will take at least a half an hour, so make sure you have enough time to decorate to your heart’s content!

beads and yellow streamers on side of box.

Make sure to decorate your sensory box with a parent or guardian in case you need any help. Also, it is super fun to have a loved one to decorate with. Compare and contrast your finished products to see how your imaginations are the same or different!

Materials:

  • One cardboard box (any color, shape, or size!)
  • Colored pencils or crayons
  • Hot glue gun or a glue stick
  • Scented stickers (optional)
  • Salt (optional)
  • Watercolor paints and a brush (optional)
  • Any fun things you want to glue onto the box!

Step 1: Collecting our materials!

We can find some in our own homes: how about old newspapers? Some beads? Gemstones, google-eyes, stained T-shirts…. Using your imagination, see how the objects around us that we think of as trash could become art! 

Now let’s explore the outdoors! For this challenge, we’re going to look specifically for things that smell or sound special! Wander around somewhere outside, and see what inspires you. Are the leaves crunching extra loud under you? Are the flowers or herbs in the garden smelling extra amazing? What about the barks on the trees, the blades of grass, the snapping sticks? Try to observe the world around you using all of your senses, and find some materials that spark joy!

Step 2: Plan how you want to decorate your box.

Place your box flat on the table, and pick out your favorite material scraps to work with. You can trace their forms and color them in, or map out where you want to glue your materials. Will they be tall, straight, short, wide, squiggly, scrunched up, or stacked? Will you design a beautiful forest, a meadow full of blossoms, or a rainbow spaceship on a beach? Is the box smelly, sticky, or does it make noise? The choice is up to you!

crumbled paper and purple feather boa on side of box.

Step 3: Attach the materials!

Using a glue stick, or (with parent permission and help) a hot glue gun, stick all of the materials to the box See how BIG you can build the box!

Special addition: For an extra-BIG challenge, use watercolor paints on a part of your box. While it’s still wet, sprinkle some salt on to your paints, and watch as the texture and pattern of your art transforms!

yellow streamers and purple feather boa on side of box.

Awesome job! We hope you had so much fun trying these techniques to create your special sensory box! You can keep it for yourself or use it to surprise someone special in your life with a present! Take a picture of your amazing creation and tag us in the post! We would love to see what you made. 

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