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Here’s a roundup of 3 simple Sensory Bins you can make for Christmas or the winter holidays.

Help your child experience different sensory textures while having fun decorating and re-decorating with these sensory bins. 

These are perfect for toddlers and young children on the autism spectrum or SPD. These are sure to be a big hit during play dates or gatherings with cousins during the holidays. Have some hands-on fun this holiday season!


1. Mini-Tree Decoration Bin

Dye some uncooked rice using green food coloring. To help the dyed rice dry faster, add some alcohol-based hand gel and leave it to dry spread out on a large baking tray. To add to the sensory experience, try adding a few drops of peppermint oil.

Add the rice in a large sensory bin and add a small christmas tree.  Now for the decorations:

  • Sparkly pom poms
  • Small christmas tree ornaments
  • Candy canes
  • String of beads  

Kids will love decorating the tiny tree with ornaments in the sensory bin.

Images by The Imagination Tree

christmas sensory bin



2. Peppermint Scented Oats


Add a few drops of green or red food coloring to a bin of uncooked oatmeal. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil.

Image by LearnPlayImagine



3. Mini Arctic World Sensory Bin

Find a white shoe box or paint the inside of a shoe box with white paint. Now, add a few visually-appealing and tactile materials:

  • Cotton balls
  • Shiny plastic/paper strips (you might be able to find this in the gift wrap section.)
  • Silver plastic baubles
  • Silver bead garlands 
  • Small polar bear toys

Image by The Imagination Tree


These are just some ideas. Be creative. Get out there make your own sensory bin creation for Christmas according to your child’s likes and fascinations.

What do you think of these ideas? If you have any other ideas share them in the comments below. 



Written by Katherine Sturdy — December 14, 2016

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