What is it about jingle bells that we love so much? No matter what activity we use with them, it is a hit. It’s hard for me to say which activity they’ve loved most, because making and using our jingle bell sticks was a lot of fun. And sorting jingle bells by color was popular, too. But when we put this jingle bell magnetic sensory bin in our classroom, it got immediate attention.
Since this was the week we were also exploring magnets, we added other items to the bin as well. Some were attracted to the magnets, some were not. A bit of science at the sensory table!
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Jingle Bell Magnetic Sensory Bin
What we used:
- Assorted sizes of jingle bells
- Magnetic wands
- Dyed rice
- Miscellaneous small items (some that attract to the magnet, some that don’t)
It’s always fun to see what a magnetic wand picks up. Moving it through the rice allowed some buried treasures to be found.
Using a variety of sizes made the bells fun to hold, too. (And then wonder why they didn’t make as much noise when the hands were wrapped around them.)
We also added small boxes and containers to place the small items in. Always a favorite with this age group!
Some ideas for the miscellaneous items:
- Puff balls
- Metal lids from containers
- Metal rings
- Juice can lids
You might notice those metal rectangular pieces. When I worked in retail years ago, they changed their signs’ frames and asked if my preschool could use them. They are truly the best magnetic pieces ever! The bottoms of each one have a magnetic strip that was used to keep the signs on the racks. Our toddlers and preschoolers create some amazing buildings with them!
And that’s it! Super easy, right?
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