Ribbon and lace sensory play in preschool

I have shared a few ideas you can do with ribbon like a little ribbon weaving and painting or making ribbon trees.  We also have had a little fun with our ribbon and lace sensory trays…

This is easy to throw together if you have some lace or ribbon on hand. I simply set out scraps of both on a tray along with scissors for the children to do a little cutting and snipping…

The textures from the different lace makes this an nice sensory experience and the cutting keeps the children engaged in exploration and play…

We will save most of the little pieces for another activity some day. But for today – we just explored the materials and the cutting process…

By |2011-12-19T07:00:44+00:00December 19th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. [email protected] December 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    Love this! My children always enjoy snipping and this shows that sometimes the simple activities are the best!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      I agree Cathy!

  2. Kristina December 19, 2011 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    So simple, but it is always amazing to me how much fun cutting is for kids. My son’s preschool set up a “wrapping” station in the dramatic play area this past month with wrapping paper, scissors, ribbon, and tape. I think my son was there “wrapping” presents for different teachers and parents every day. Just simply cutting new or different materials is so exciting! I need to set up something like this at home this week. Thanks for sharing!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      I wanted to set up a wrapping station too but I just ran out of time. However, the children did wrap their parent gifts all by themselves – boy did they look kid-wrapped:)

  3. Esther December 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Wow! You have a series of ribbon activities! We will be trying some of them.

    We got a pack of holiday ribbons from the Dollar aisle of Target and my daughter had fun wrapping the ribbons around her outgrown bangles.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 22, 2011 at 12:12 am - Reply

      I just love ribbons!!

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