Super Simple Christmas Sensory Bin

Dec 5, 2016

Christmas is quickly approaching and with all the stress that can come along with the season, I like to keep things simple when it comes to activities for the kids. Activities that require next to no preparation are key, and this Christmas sensory bin is just that.

It may be a simple sensory bin, but it's festive, sparkly, and super engaging for little ones!

A child using scoop tongs to pick up items in the sensory bin.

What I love most about this Christmas sensory bin is that it's literally a dump-and-play style sensory bin. That is, you simply grab some materials, dump them into a sensory bin, and then it's time to play. No prep and so simple — you can quickly put together this sensory bin for the kids to enjoy when you need to keep them busy or need a bit of quiet time.

Here's what I used in this easy Christmas sensory bin for kids:

  • glitter foam Christmas shapes from the dollar store
  • large jingle bells in a variety of colours
  • white sensory bin filler (I used cotton balls, but you could use white rice, beans, epsom salt, water beads, or whatever else you might have on hand)

A bin filled with cotton balls, bells and glittery Christmas foam shapes.

Considering how simple this sensory bin is, it's pretty isn't it? So much glitter and sparkle mixed in with white fluffy fake snow! How can a kid resist playing with it?

A child using scoop tongs to scoop up cotton balls in the bin.

I always like to present our sensory bins with some fine motor tools, cups, or bowls. Doing so allows the kids to develop their fine motor skills, explore mathematical concepts, or even engage in sorting.

I highly recommend scissor tongs like you see pictured below. My kids just love them! They're a lot of fun to use, especially with jingle bells, because you can seal the tongs closed and shake them like a rattle with the jingle bells inside. My youngest, however, mostly focused on scooping up the "fluffy marshmallows" as he called them.

Article Author Dyan Robson
Dyan Robson

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Married to her high school sweetheart, Dyan is mom to two boys, J and K, who also teaches piano out of her home. On her blog And Next Comes L, Dyan shares her story of raising a child with hyperlexia, hypernumeracy and autism, amongst a variety of sensory activities for kids. You can find out more about their story on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.


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