We had so much fun making this Christmas Sensory Bin! It was an easy sensory bin that kept my toddler busy for quite a while. Not only that, this sensory bin was easy a put together, and I got a nice cup of Starbucks coffee out of the deal!
We think your toddler will love this hot chocolate sensory bin for the holidays. The Starbucks cups made it extra special.
To make the Christmas sensory bin with the Starbucks cups, head to Starbucks, go inside to order a coffee or treat and ask the barista very nicely for a couple of kids-sized cups or pup cups. They are usually nice about it. Make sure you tip a buck or two.
Christmas Sensory Bin-Supplies
- Sensory box. I had purchased a sensory kit, and I reuse the box for basically every holiday I do a new sensory bin. I am so glad I bought it because it’s the best size for sensory bins. Plus, the accessories and the moon sand are fun for your toddler until you swap a new theme.
- For the base, we used a store-brand cocoa puff cereal. Walmart has a large bag as well as supermarkets. If you can’t find a store brand, the brand name works just as great.
- If you don’t want to use cereal, I always recommend the CoolSand brand, “moon sand.” It’s the best indoor sand thus far I have found. I love it and recommend it for any sensory bin or a fun toddler activity.
- If you are doing a water bead sensory bin, blue and white water beads would be pretty cool for a winter sensory tray.
- Miniature marshmallows if you are doing a hot cocoa sensory bin.
- Holiday plastic cups, candy dishes. You can find some at Target, Walmart dollar spot, or Hobby Lobby has tons of small holiday items for your Christmas sensory box to get creative with.
- Candy canes, holiday candies such as dots, gumballs, Hershey Kisses, etc. (depending on your child’s age).
- Sensory tongs and/or tweezers. We have these super cute hand tongs that are fun for any sensory bin and come in several different colors for each holiday. These will come in handy for your next sensory bin and are worth the small investment.
- You can include things like Christmas lights, fake snow, and ornaments. Get creative!
- Fake crushed ice rocks
- Winter Woodland animal collection
- Christmas Slime Charms. These are our very favorite items for toddler sensory bins; they are adorable.
Let your toddler explore, scoop, pour, and scoop again to their heart’s content. Not only is this a fun activity, but it’s also a great way to develop fine motor skills.
Have your toddler serve you up a “hot chocolate” and play barista. You could also set some cups up with post-its with numbers on them. Your toddler can use the tongs to add marshmallows or cocoa puffs to add the corresponding number to the cups.
Christmas Sensory Bins-Premade Kits
If you are looking for a sensory bin kit thready made up for your child, there are a few options. You can support small businesses and find Christmas sensory bins with every accessory you need right here.
The Playfoam Winter Sensory Bin is a self-contained winter sensory station that includes everything kids need for irresistible, tactile fun. The set consists of a sensory bin, soft and fluffy Playfoam Pluffle, sculptable Playfoam, digging and scooping tools, and 44 winter accessories to bury and find. This fake snow sensory bin is a great holiday gift for kids that builds fine motor skills through sifting, sorting, scooping, and extracting.
The polar winter animal sensory bin kit comes with kinds of accessories for entertainment and sensory play. This kit includes one inflatable container, six penguins, four polar bears, two adorable seal cubs, one iceberg and five bags of fake snow powder for holiday fun.
I wanted to add this sensory accessory kit. Not only is this sensory kit filled with fun birthday activities, we bought it, and we were fully impressed with the accessories for subsequent sensory trays we created. We also have used playdoh, moon sand, and my toddler plays for hours with it. This is a great purchase and very affordable & adorable.
What is a Sensory Bin?
Babies and toddlers are curious by nature and love to explore their surroundings. However, they can quickly become bored with the same toys and objects. A sensory box is a great way to keep your little one entertained while stimulating their senses.
A sensory bin is a small container, usually plastic, filled with materials that can be used for toddler sensory activities. The materials may include sand, water, beads, rice, pasta, or anything else that can be safely played with. Unlike traditional toys, sensory boxes can be filled with various items that offer different textures, smells, and colors.
Sensory bins provide an opportunity for toddlers to explore different textures and sensations. They also allow for creative and open-ended play.
Sensory bins keep your toddler busy for a good amount of time and are just fun!
We hope you have fun creating this year’s Christmas sensory bin! We are going to make a new one this year so stay tuned! Your toddler will love sensory bins. It is a way to keep them engaged, learning, and busy. We would love to see what you create! Happy holidays!
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