With Santa on many children’s minds right now it’s the perfect time to set out a simple Santa Claus sensory bin.
This fun sensory activity is inspired by two Santa ornaments I was gifted this Christmas season. After receiving the ornaments, I realized I had enough supplies to make a no-fuss Santa bin. The bin is a great example of how just a few themed items can provide an interesting sensory invitation.
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Supplies To Collect
Here are the supplies I gathered for the festive bin:
- Santa train engine cookie tin
- Santa ornament
- knitted Scandinavian multicultural dolls
- fillable Santa ball ornament
- jingle bell garland
- peppermint candy erasers
- Santa and Santa hat erasers
- wooden ladle
The Santa Claus Sensory Bin
This jovial sensory bin has a dyed chickpea base. The chickpeas are colored with various amounts of red acrylic craft paint. You can find out how to dye chickpeas in my blog post “Chinese New Year Sensory Play.”
Note: As an alternative to using chickpeas for the base, white rice works well too.
The chickpeas are spread out in a white bus/utility tub. This size bin works well for one to three children to use.
The Santa train engine cookie tin was a happy find last year. I previously featured it in a blog post titled “Plaid-Themed Christmas Rice Bin.”
The Santa ornament fits perfectly in the train engine. I checked to make sure it has no rough edges before offering it in the bin. A small plush Santa is a good fit too.
The fillable Santa ball comes apart, and each half holds lots of chickpeas and loose parts.
The Scandinavian knitted dolls are cut from a Christmas garland. They make fun helpers for Santa!
Dollar stores carry metallic jingle bell garlands. Cut into strips, the garland becomes musical loose parts for the bin.
Peppermint and Santa-themed erasers add interest. They are great for counting and sorting practice.
A wooden ladle is useful for filling the Santa train and ball ornament with chickpeas, erasers, and garland. When using one, early learners get practice with eye-hand coordination.
Making Your Own Santa Claus Sensory Bin
Would you like to make a Santa Claus-themed sensory bin? You probably have a few interesting supplies already on hand to include. Then add a few dollar store finds. It’s that simple!
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