Inside: Add a star theme to your Christmas sensory play with this quick and easy idea! Toddlers and preschoolers will have fun with all the different textures while scooping, pouring, and sorting. A great way to work on those fine motor skills!
This Christmas sensory play activity has so much going on, and yet it’s really easy to assemble!
We use our favorite dyed rice recipe (I go into detail in my pom pom sensory play post), add different types of stars, and it’s ready to go!
The best part of this activity is all the different textures, sizes, and fine motor going on.
Toddlers and preschoolers love this hands-on idea!
Christmas Sensory Play Activity with Stars
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Can I just say again how much I love paper mâché boxes?
Year after year our toddlers and preschoolers love anything with lids.
There’s something about filling a container and snapping on the lid.
Over and over again.
This time around I wanted to include some size discrimination.
I found wooden stars in different sizes that all fit into the paper mâché boxes.
And then I added bug tongs and scoops to move everything around.
This resulted in a hands-on activity that had multiple children enjoying at once!
Supplies Used with this Christmas Sensory Play Activity
Dyed rice (we also tossed in some macaroni as well for more texture)
Pour dyed rice into a sensory bin (or some sort of container with edges).
Add the paper mâché boxes, stars, tongs and scoops.
After singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star using our star sticks, we talked about the shape of the star.
As the children gathered around the Christmas sensory play table, I asked them to find the stars. Which ones were big? How about small?
Stars were scooped and moved into the boxes, along with the rice.
And, of course, they were dumped.
Because that is what this age group loves most.
More Star Activities
Preschool Christmas Themed Classroom Lesson Plans
Explore the symbols and traditions of Christmas and incorporate reading, math, science and more in this 169-page preschool secular Christmas lesson plan set.
- Recommended Book List
- 1-Page Weekly Lesson Plan Grid with Activity Ideas for Whole Group, Literacy, Math, and Science each day
- Alternate Weekly Grids for 4-day, 3-day, and 2-day programs
- 5 Daily Lesson Plan Sheets with Activity Directions and Materials List
- 2-Page Center Descriptions
- Related Printables
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