Sock Washing Sensory Bin for Super Shepherds
Are you and your kids feeling a little frazzled with all the festive excitement? Peakles and I decided to listen to some of our favourite Christmas carols and indulge in some sensory fun as well!
We really like ‘Whilst Shepherds Watched’ and I was interested to find out that the main tune in the UK is different to the one in the US! We listened to both and then decided to use the most familiar song for us! Peakles and I also like the version that lots of children sing here in the UK, which is based on the shepherds washing their socks!
While shepherds washed their socks by night,
All seated round the tub
Some washing powder then came down,
And they began to scrub!
We have included a free page of words from While Shepherds Watched for you to download and for you to sing along with the tune you prefer. We also include our sock washing version too!
We decided to set up a sock washing sensory bin to have a little fun while we waited for our mince pies to warm and then we put on our Christmas carols CD and began the fun!
Setting Up the Sock Washing Sensory Bin
We took some blue and clear water beads and let them hydrate overnight. Whilst these were hydrating we made our shepherds. We made simple cork shepherds with material head coverings tied on with wool.
Then we looked through our sock drawer for odd socks or socks that were too small!
Once we had rinsed the water beads I placed them in a large washing container and then placed our socks and shepherds on top of the beads!
Shepherds and Sock Washing Sensory Play
Peakles loved this sensory bin and enjoyed singing along to the Christma carols as we helped the shepherds to wash their socks! The water beads were quite bouncy and Peakles giggled as she made the shepherds dive down into them. We filled up some of the socks with the beads and Peakles emptied them back out. The beads made this an unusual sensory bin for Peakles who has preferred dry sensory bins. Because the water beads were cold and slightly wet, Peakles felt she could explore the bin without getting too wet herself. This is really great in the colder weather too as we were able to play outside with the sensory bin for a little while without getting too cold or wet.
Finally, Peakles decided that the socks had to be dried and I got some miniature pegs and some wool to create a miniature washing line! We both enjoyed pegging out the socks and then it was back inside to eat some mince pies and sing more carols!
We have thoroughly enjoyed this activity and we will be using water beads again for more sensory play soon!
We are thrilled to be taking part in the Christmas Carol Sensory Bin Blog Hop hosted by The Sugar Aunts. Click through on the highlighted link for more great ideas!