10 Sensory Bins for Christmas and Winter [It’s Playtime!]

Tis’ the season for sensory bin play! Here are 10 fantastic ideas for ways to enliven your sensory play areas this Christmas and Winter time, using all the wonderful scents and tactile, sparkly materials that are so readily available! These activities were linked up to It’s Playtime, as well as a few from our own collection. If you love them, share them!


Christmas Sparkle Sensory Tub [The Imagination Tree]

Golden Cinnamon Sensory Tub [The Imagination Tree]

Peppermint Scented Oatmeal Bin [Train Up a Child]

Treasures Sensory Bin [My Nearest and Dearest]

Red and Green Christmas Sensory Bin [Fantastic Fun and Learning]

Christmas Sensory Bin [Frogs and Snail and Puppy Dog Tails]

Nativity Story Sensory Tub [The Fairy and the Frog]

Shiny Treasure Tin [Laura Ingalls Wannbe]

Sensory Snow Dough [The Imagination Tree]

Arctic Sensory Small World [The Imagination Tree]

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It’s Playtime is a collaborative linky hosted by: Anna  at The Imagination Tree, Rachel and Holly at Quirky MommaJamie @ hands on : as we growRachele @ Messy Kids and Jenny @ Let the Children PlayWe’re all about PLAY!

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  1. says

    You’re the Queen of Bins (odd title!) and the person who introduced me to the concept about nine months ago, I do occasional trays and The Boy always loves them. Just done another one for him which I’ve linked up.

  2. Anonymous says

    I love the sensory bins! I had such a hard time coming up with one for December. We ended up with wrapping paper, ribbon, sticky bows and tape. It was such a hit! The kids loved going and finding toys and having their friends unwrap them. It was a lot of fun.