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Mothercould Discusses How Holiday Traditions Can Be Turned Into Sensory Play

*In partnership with Hannah Smith*

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We all love the holidays. Part of that joy comes from creating a bond with friends and family members. Mothercould’s Myriam Sandler has several ways that parents can get their young children involved in their holiday traditions while strengthening that bond with their child.

“The opportunity to play an active role in small things like holiday home décor, not only creates moments of connection with the parent, but also the holiday itself. Some of my fondest memories growing up revolved around the holidays and building those core memories for my kids has inspired new play opportunities,” says Sandler.

Sandler knows that while parents may have holiday traditions they look forward to, kids need to be carried along in the process.

Parents should take advantage of the holiday and provide their children with ample learning opportunities. Kids learn by involvement and physical interaction, and the holiday traditions can be turned into various sensory play opportunities.

“Your child will benefit from it,” says the Mothercould. “It’ll be a small parenting victory for you and a fun sensory experience for the child.”

Myriam Sandler knows that kids’ toys can be expensive. The Mothercould founder previously worked for the Salvation Army Homeless Shelter in Miami, where she learned to improvise and create DIY toy hacks to entertain the children and have them engaged and connect with their parents.

As a result, many of the projects that she recommends are low-cost and often involve items that are already around your home.

Holiday activities that kids can get involved in include making Mothercould’s ‘Pipecleaner tree’, Wipeable Color Cardboards, Magic Water Boards and Magic Paper Towel Experimentst are all ways that parents can get their child involved in holiday decorating with items readily available around their house.

Sandler also believes that Shrinky Dink ornaments from takeout containers are another great way to repurpose common items and create lasting memories with your child. For this particular project, parents need to be sure they use only Number 6 plastic containers that are disposable and work outdoors or in a well-ventilated environment.

Sandler began creating sensory play activities for children from her unique experience while raising her eldest daughter. As she began introducing solids into her daughter’s diet, she noticed an aversion to various foods due to a texture sensitivity. Though the doctors remained unconcerned because of the child’s weight, as a new mom, Myriam was frustrated and concerned by her child’s eating habits and felt compelled to explore sensory play as a path to better acceptance of different food textures.

Thankfully, Myriam had some previous knowledge about sensory play and the impact it could have on a person.

“So I started making taste-safe sensory play recipes and began introducing different textures to my daughter, one by one,” she recalls.

By working in a play-based environment, her daughter didn’t feel pressures associated with eating. Within six months, she began making a remarkable improvement, branching out from milk to eating solids like salmon and quinoa. By personally doing all she could to provide her daughter with the kind of intervention she needed for her texture sensitivity, Myriam Sandler was able to turn motherhood into a positive experience.

Through Mothercould, she’s now teaching the skills she’s mastered in creating DIY play activities and hacks including edible play dough, taste-safe slime, and edible kinetic sand,to create a bond in families and also help children develop important fine motor skills early in life.

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