I just love this time of year. I always have! We play Christmas music softly in the classroom while we enjoy various activities. There is such a wide variety of Christmas sensory play activities for toddlers and preschoolers! While my co-teacher and I were planning our December curriculum, I was thinking about how we could add some sensory in more areas than just the sensory bin. You caught a glimpse of this when I shared my collection of 5 senses activities. So, I went to my Pinterest page. (Yeah, I’m just a little bit addicted. Okay, a lot.) I thought I would share with you some fun ideas that I think all preschoolers would love this month!
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Christmas Sensory Play Activities
1. Add silver and gold watercolors instead of food coloring to make festive silver and gold play dough. (Craftulate)
2. Involve your sense of touch and hearing by painting with jingle bells.
3. Experience different textures while creating paper mache Christmas ornaments for the tree. (Buggy and Buddy)
4. Use painters tape to make a sticky sensory tree. (How Wee Learn)
5. Dye rice red and green and add some peppermint extract to make a fun Christmas sensory bin. (Stir the Wonder)
6. The hands will love the feeling of Santa slime! (Growing a Jeweled Rose)
8. The room will smell so yummy when you make a batch of gingerbread play dough.
9. Strengthen fine motor skills with this peppermint writing activity. (Kids Play Box)
10. The room will sound like Christmas after making jingle bell noise makers. (Meri Cherry)
11. Involve the nose by making Christmas sensory cards. (A Little Learning for Two)
12. If you have bubble wrap available, make some sensory trees. (Mummy Musings and Mayhem)
13. Gold food coloring and glitter make a sensory delight for the hands and eyes. (The Imagination Tree)
14. Learn with Play at Home has a shivery snow sensory bin that truly is cold!
15. Read the book “The Sweet Snow of Christmas” and fill a tray of items that smell like Christmas. (Teach Preschool)
16. Delight your sense of touch by making a foam geoboard tree. (Fun-a-Day)
17. Create a Christmas sensory book for younger children. (Baby Centre)
18. Add some science to your sensory play with a melting Christmas tree baking soda activity. (Little Bins for Little Hands)
19. Make some Santa binoculars so you can enjoy the sights of Christmas! (Meri Cherry)
20. Put together jingle boxes for some fun Christmas listening games. (Nurturestore)
21. Explore peppermint scented paint with your fingers. (Growing Hands-On Kids)
Ready for some more Christmas Play ideas?
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