Often, children end up playing with the wrapping on their presents anyway, so why not make a special celebration sensory box? It might prove more popular than their toys.

What you need

A small cardboard box

Different kinds of wrapping paper

Short pieces of ribbon



Develops coordination and fine motor skills

Sensory discovery and having fun

How long will it take?

1 hr

What to do

  1. First make sure everything is safe for your child to touch, and ribbon is kept to a short length.
  2. Fill the box with as many different textures of wrapping paper and ribbon as you can find. Smooth, crinkly, bumpy – it’s all fascinating for your child. Maybe add some tinsel too, and tickle their nose.

    child playing with textures