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A Christmas Sensory Bin for Toddlers

November 23, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

A sensory bin is a plastic tub that is filled with materials that stimulate the senses. Sensory bins are great, because they are quick to put together and relatively inexpensive. Also, sensory bins are an easy way to engage in sensory play without having to go to a children’s museum.

Thus, I decided to create a Christmas sensory bin for my little girl.  I went to Walmart and found all of these materials in the Christmas section:

Christmas Sensory Bin Materials

Christmas sensory bin for toddlers

You can get a variety of different pom-poms in Christmas colors. I also grabbed some snowflake confetti, because it’s a different texture than the rest of the materials.  I really loved these jingle bells-

Christmas sensory bin for toddlers

You can also grab a pair of large tweezers that kids can use. For example, you can try this one:

Christmas sensory bin for toddlers

These are great for helping children develop fine-motor skills or the muscles that they will be using to hold a pencil. In terms of how to use them, ask your child to try to grab the pom poms with the tweezers and drop them in another bucket.

I then asked my daughter to help me put all of the materials in the plastic bin.

Christmas Sensory Bin Play

My daughter poured the materials in, and here’s a picture of all of it together in the bin (even though you can’t see the jingle bells):

My daughter enjoyed holding each item and feeling the surfaces. We talked about whether or not the surfaces were smooth, soft, or rough.

We also played with the jingle bells by shaking them:

Final Thoughts on Christmas Sensory Bin

These are just some of the materials you can use to make a sensory bin. You have many options in terms of the materials that you use- For example, you could also use rice or beans in your sensory bin. However,  the most important thing is to let your little one play with the materials and explore! Do be careful about materials that are a choking hazard for those under 3.

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comments (4)

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    Creating a seasonal sensory bin is a great idea! It would be easy to change out the ingredients/supplies to match different holidays or seasons, too. It's great that you were right there engaging your daughter in play, this would also be a wonderful way to encourage language development. Important to note that some items may be choking hazards for under 3 year old children, though. But I love your idea and will probably make a sensory bin, too!

    Baby Boomer Super Saver

    November 26, 2019 Reply
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      Thanks! I will note that!

      Tamra Cater

      November 27, 2019 Reply
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    This looks like SO much fun! My 2 year old would LOVE this! We also like to play "does it make noise?" with our sensory bins. I bring out old plastic bottles, ziplock bags, etc. and we try each material in a bag and shake it to see if it will make noise or not. She calls it her "noise game" and it will keep her busy for a LONG time! Great idea to make a Christmas themed one!

    Lindsey @thesehungrykids.com

    December 3, 2019 Reply
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      Thanks! Your idea sounds fun too!

      Tamra Cater

      December 3, 2019 Reply