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12 Christmas Sensory Bins for Kids

by The Artful Parent Editorial Team
December 15, 2023
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Here are some of our favorite Christmas sensory bins for kids. Inspire fun and festive creative play all month long!

Updated November 2023

There are so many reasons to love sensory play! It is incredibly important for brain development in small children, as well as fine motor skills development. And it is so much fun for kids to dig in and play!

Here is a roundup of some of our favorite Christmas sensory play ideas for little kids. And we bet your big kids will have a blast exploring these play ideas, too!

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Photo by Rachel Withers

Christmas Sensory Bins

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Photo by Erin from Makers

1. Hot Chocolate Sensory Bin from Makers

This hot chocolate sensory bin is almost as cozy as a mug of the real thing! Kids will love scooping up ingredients and pretending to make their own warm drinks.

Cranberry sensory play_makers
Photo by Erin from Makers

2. Winter Spice Bin from Makers

This sensory bin of oranges, cranberries and dried spices will not only be fun for toddlers to scoop, but it will also make your house smell wonderful all day long!

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Photo by Alison from CreationSpace

3. Playdough Christmas Tree from CreationSpace

Give your child a chance to decorate their own tree over and over again with some green playdough and lots of bright sparkly ornaments!

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Photo by Alison from CreationSpace

4. Playdough Gingerbread Family from CreationSpace

We think kids will love this open ended playdough invitation. Roll and cut out gingerbread cookies, add some spice––and don’t forget to decorate them too. Then, start all over again!

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Photo by Devon from U Ready, Teddy

5. Reindeer Salad from U Ready, Teddy?

It’s not just Santa who needs a snack! We love this idea of making reindeer salad from all of the seasonal greens and berries found around this time of year.

christmas cloud dough
Photo by Rachel Withers

6. Christmas Cloud Dough

Our kids love to use cloud dough for playing pretend bakery, so add some Christmas sprinkles and toy kitchen utensils for a festive baking sensory experience.

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Photo by Catalina from Red Violet Studio

7. Christmas Train Sensory Setup from Red Violet Studio

We love this cozy winter scene and think kids will enjoy setting up and chugging trains through a wintry forest railroad in some baking soda “snow”!

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Photo by Alison from CreationSpace

8. Christmas Pom Poms and Diggers from CreationSpace

For the construction vehicle lovers out there! Load those diggers up with pom poms, beans, and little Christmas trees for fun work!

holiday playdough set up
Photo by Rachel Withers

9. Christmas Playdough Set Up

By setting out a few festive items (think bottle brush trees and arctic animals) with playdough, you can invite your children to create a fun pretend play scene.

Cranberry and Orange Water Table _ Littlemainerartstudio
Photo by Rachel Withers

10. Cranberry, Orange, and Rosemary Water Table from Little Mainer Art Studio

If your child loves playing with water (what child doesn’t?!) then add some seasonal fruit and greens for a super easy and aromatic experience.

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Photo by Jen from Appley Ever After

11. Christmas Tree Sensory Puzzle from Appley Ever After

Put all of those Amazon boxes to use with this sensory puzzle! Invite kids to fill in the different spaces with any festive items you have and make a beautiful mosaic-like design.

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Photo by Jen from Appley Ever After

12. Christmas Lights Color Sorting from Appley Ever After

This colorful holiday sensory activity is perfect for children learning their colors. Scoop and match colored rice and beans into the matching Christmas lights!

We hope you are inspired to try some of these fabulous and festive ideas! Be sure to tag #theartfulparent with your Christmas sensory play ideas for kids!

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Want even more creative ideas?

Check out our Holiday Creativity pack!

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