Sensory bins are one of my favorite things to put together. There is a multitude of themes for bins to choose from, and so many interesting loose parts to include. Sometimes one or two items provide inspiration for a whole bin. And that’s the case with this rustic plaid-themed Christmas rice bin.
A few years ago, I spotted plaid gift boxes at Michael’s and snapped a couple up. Right then and there I got the idea for this cozy bin. It took a while to collect enough intriguing items for little learners to explore. This year the concept finally came together.
Plaid-Themed Christmas Rice Bin
The container to hold all the sensory supplies is an inexpensive spiral saucer sled!
Glutinous rice is the base. I like it a lot because its super white color provides good contrast for the contents of the bin. One five kg bag fills the saucer-shaped container nicely.
Plaid-themed Christmas items scattered over the rice are:
- gift boxes
- plush ornament balls
- sheep fridge magnets
- nutcracker soldier marionette ornament
- cuddly bear
- shovel ornament
- small photo frame accented with jingle bells
- Santa train engine cookie tin on wheels
The photo frame could be personalized with a picture of a little learner.
The bells on the frame add a musical element to the play experience, always a plus.
The nutcracker soldier has a special feature: his legs do the splits when the attached string is pulled.
Undoubtedly the Santa train engine cookie tin is the highlight of the holiday-themed bin.
Tip: If you try a version of this activity, make sure there are no sharp edges on the items you choose for your bin.
Have you put together a unique sensory bin? I’d love to hear about it.
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© Annette Kaminsky December 24, 2021
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