5 Ways to Use Wrapping Paper for Sensory Diets

No matter what your faith tradition, it seems that at this is the time of year wrapping paper is ubiquitous. Instead of tossing your torn pieces out, try looking at them with an eye for sensory diet fun.

Today’s Challenge: Wrapping paper

Original Purpose: Wrapping gifts

With Sensory Savvy Lenses: Free tools for fine motor, visual, auditory, vestibular and proprioceptive input

Just how can you reuse wrapping paper to offer your child an enjoyable dose of sensory input?  Try the following…

Pattern Punching
For fine motor and visual fun, cut a square of wrapping paper that has a clearly defined geometric shape or holiday symbol on it. Place this on a carpet square and give your child a toothpick or wooden skewer. Challenge your child to “trace” the shape by poking small holes into the paper along the shape’s outline. Then, hold the paper up to the light to see the design come through. If your child is able to handle pins, you can also do this with a pin and corkboard.

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Martianne is a homeschooling mom with over 20 years of experience in education, youth work and dramatic arts both in the United States and abroad. With certifications as a Middle School Generalist and English 8-12 teacher, plus a drawer full of certificates from a wide variety of professional development workshops and graduate courses, she brings a comprehensive "traditional" background to her present-day creative pursuits. Visit Martianne at Training Happy Hearts.




  • http://www.facebook.com/JudyEndow Judy Endow

    Love these ideas! I could have used them when my kids were little as keeping them busy while I wrapped gifts was always a challenge. They did like using the the long cardboard rolls to make tunnels for their matchbox cars, but didn’t care for me taking their tunnels when I needed to use the wrapping paper! I saved empty rolls with my wrapping paper just so as to have some “tunnels” on hand for the future.

  • http://www.facebook.com/martianne.stanger Martianne Stanger

    Oo. Great thought, Judy. The tunnels are great as marble runs, too.