With a host of seasonal loose parts available to purchase in fall, Christmas sensory play experiences are easy and economical to put together. These two festive tubs are sure to delight your little learners.
Christmas Rice Sensory Tray
Glutinous rice is the base for this tray. The word glutinous means glue-like; the rice does not contain gluten. The grains are super white, showcasing the loose parts in the tray. But any kind of rice would work well.
Pour a layer of rice into a tray or plastic tub. Add loose parts from the list below, or substitute accessories you have available. Invite your early learners to explore the tray.
red, green, and white buttons
ice cube stars, snowmen, and trees
acrylic gem snowflakes and lights
foam Christmas shapes and alphabet letters
red bowl and spoon
Additional containers for pouring and filling could be included.
Christmas Water Sensory Tub
Pour a few liters of lukewarm water into a plastic tub. Drop in accessories from the list above or pick from your own stash of loose parts. Adding just a few Christmas-themed loose parts will set the stage for enjoyable learning through play.
A clear plastic present is a highlight of the sensory tub below.
Christmas erasers are bound to be a hit!
Learning Through Play Possibilities
Rich learning takes place when children participate in these Christmas sensory play invitations. Some learning possibilities are:
sorting green and red shapes (math – set making; language – color recognition)
counting shapes (math – counting)
comparing shapes to those of others (language development; paying attention to detail)
filling and emptying the plastic present (math/language – empty/full)
noticing how the foam shapes stick to the sides of the present (science)
recognizing letters of the alphabet (language -letter recognition)
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