July 15, 2019

A Gnome-Inspired, Sensory Playscape + Free Printable Tags

Gnome Sensory Playscape DIY with Printable

Increasingly, giving sensory play based gifts, are becoming my favorites to give my friends little kids these days. I like how I can personalize them to fit the child's interest and that they're building important fine motor skills while playing with them. With gardening season in full-blown, so are days spent outside with kids running barefoot and imaging dozens of imaginative adventures in the given hours. This is a little DIY for a playscape kit I made for a child who's really into fairy gardens, insects, and gnomes. A pretty perfect way to spend your summer if you ask me!

Gnome Sensory Playscape DIY with Printable

Beginning with a container, I picked up this galvanized metal seed storage bin to keep with my garden theme from my local Michaels. 

Gnome Sensory Playscape DIY with Printable

For sensory fillers, I wanted to keep things on the less messy side, so I went with dried beans, some floral moss, pebbles, and natural fiberfill. Most of these can be picked up in your local craft/hobby store, the dollar store, or grocery store. 

Gnome Sensory Playscape DIY with Printable

For play cups and containers I got a craft tin can (it has no sharp edges), flower pots in a variety of small size, and some Mason jars.

Gnome Sensory Playscape DIY with Printable

The great thing about sensory bins as gifts, in my opinion, is that many of the items you may already have in your storage or around your house (especially if you're a crafter). I found wood pieces, mini-twig wreaths, wood thimbles, and acorns in my floral bin that were left over from previous craft projects. 

Gnome Sensory Playscape DIY with Printable

I also tracked down leftover buttons and craft petals. My local dollar store had a variety of fairy garden accessories that I picked up to add to this kit. 

Gnome Sensory Playscape DIY with Printable

Finally, I added in the gnomes. A lot of what is on the market are ceramic, making them easily breakable. I found this plastic set from Safari LTD. on Amazon that I think will have more wear and life to them.

Gnome Sensory Playscape DIY with Printable

Then layer everything up in your bin. I like to have various items peeking out and hiding throughout the box for when it is opened.

Gnome Sensory Playscape DIY with Printable

Another additional item to include potentially is a couple of these gardening drainage dishes. They're rather shallow, but I'm sure they have their uses in all of this imaginative play.

Gnome Sensory Playscape DIY with Printable

I'm all about pairing a new book with all my gifts, so for this one, I picked up a copy of the new story Backyard Fairies by Phoebe Wahl. It was too perfect to go along with the sensory box.

Gnome Sensory Playscape DIY with Printable

The final step is to stack everything up with some twine or ribbon and add on a tag. I went ahead and designed this gift tag below, which you can download and print for your personal use here...


Gnome Sensory Playscape DIY with Printable

If you use my tag on a project or gift and you share it be sure to tag me on your social site or link it below so I can see how you used it!

Gnome Sensory Playscape DIY with Printable

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