Inside: During the holidays include jingle bells for your preschoolers – in the sensory bin! This is a fun way to learn about magnets as the children pick up the bells (and other magnetic materials) with wands.
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.
Oh, and then we also loved our jingle bell musical instruments.
So you can see we love using jingle bells with preschoolers – in lots of different ways!
Jingle Bells for Preschoolers – In the 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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