A Christmas sensory bin that contains fake snow and ornaments that children can play with. Decorate a small Christmas tree and practice fine motor skills.
This Christmas sensory bin allows children to play with something that is often off limits…a Christmas tree and ornaments!
Judging from the amount of memes that circulate Facebook this time of year, all kids love to remove and replace ornaments on their Christmas tree.
Here is a fun Christmas sensory bin that allows, and even encourages, this practice.
Christmas Sensory Bin with Ornaments
When my kids were younger, I used to place all of the glass and breakable ornaments on the top of the tree, and buy plastic of felt ornaments for the bottom half of the tree, knowing well enough that my kids would touch them.
I try to create as many ‘yes’ environments within my house as possible, and I don’t want the added stress of keeping my children away from my tree during the Christmas season.
This is the perfect sensory bin to make for your kids as a way to redirect them from playing with the ornaments on the real tree. Instead of “no don’t touch that”, you can try “here are some ornaments and a tree that you can play with”. One of my favorite positive parenting tools that I rely on almost every day.
What you need for this Christmas sensory bin:
a miniature Christmas tree
To Make the Christmas Sensory Bin:
Simply place the ornaments in a bin with fake snow, and put this next to a small Christmas tree that kids can play with. I actually like to choose a few with different textures, allowing the children to make observations about their feel and ease for placing ornaments.
The fake snow is so fluffy and soft that kids just love the way it feels in their hands.
Place the entire project on a large plastic tablecloth to contain some of the mess, because this fake snow will likely get everywhere. Then, when you are done, you can just fold the tablecloth in half and dump the contents back into the bin, ready for play again.
My kids adored the opportunity to decorate their own little tree however they preferred, and loved the chance to remove the ornaments and do it all over again.
Plus, this is an excellent fine motor workout! Add any other tools such as scoops and spoons for the fake snow for even more fine motor fun. We did add some small pretend trees from our Christmas village decor as well which the kids enjoyed placing in the fake snow.
Enjoy this fun way to say ‘yes’ to playing with the ornaments and the tree!