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!
Christmas Sensory Bins
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.
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!
Give your child a chance to decorate their own tree over and over again with some green playdough and lots of bright sparkly ornaments!
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!
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.
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.
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”!
For the construction vehicle lovers out there! Load those diggers up with pom poms, beans, and little Christmas trees for fun work!
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.
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.
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.
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!
More Sensory Bins for Kids
- The Ultimate Guide to Sensory Play
- The Best Sensory Bin Ideas for Kids
- 12 Winter Sensory Bins for Kids
- How to Make Oobleck
- How to Make Aquafaba for Kids
- 7 Sensory Bins for Toddlers
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