Simple Christmas Sensory Play - My Nearest And Dearest

Simple Christmas Sensory Play

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at our house. We’ve been making ornaments and enjoying Christmas-themed activities. I can’t wait to show you what we’ve been up to!

This week I’m joining some of my favorite bloggers to bring you Christmas Play Days. The six of us will each be sharing three Christmas activities or crafts. As with our Fall Invitations to Play Series, we hope to inspire you with ideas that you can enjoy with your kids for the entire holiday season. The other blogs participating are Buggy and Buddy, Fantastic Fun and Learning, Fun-A-Day!, Nothing if Not Intentional, and Play Trains!.

First up is this simple sensory activity.

Simple Christmas Sensory Play from My Nearest and Dearest blog.

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I used a base of white navy beans, saved from our SCENTsory Exploration, glittery red jingle bells, red and green Christmas tree Confetti, two small containers with lids, and measuring spoons. I housed it all in a wooden salad bowl.

Yes, the navy beans do escape the bowl every now and then. In fact, handfuls of them have been shuttled around by small tractors and dump trucks. They are much easier to pick up than rice though, so it’s not really a big deal. Having now used navy beans as a sensory bin base a few times, I will never go back to rice.

Christmas Sensory Play. My Nearest and Dearest blog.

This activity only took a couple of minutes to set up but it has already led to hours of play over the last few days.  There has been lots of scooping, pouring, and using the little containers as musical shakers. Since my son loves cooking, he’s been quite busy with the bowl making “Gruffalo stew” (The Gruffalo is a current favorite book here).

Simple Christmas Sensory Bin from My Nearest and Dearest.

I’ll be interested to see how he and my daycare kids play with this over the coming days.

Christmas Sensory Activity from My Nearest and Dearest.

Now, please pop over to see what my friends came up with for the first of our Christmas Play Days.

Snowy Christmas Tree Small World by Buggy and Buddy

Ribbon Wreath Craft by Fantastic Fun and Learning

Christmas Pretend Play – Wrapping Presents by Fun-A-Day!

Healthier Gingerbread House Decorating by Nothing if Not Intentional

Recycled Play Dough Molds by Play Trains!

 Thanks for reading!


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