Christmas Sensory Bin | Still Playing School

Christmas Sensory Bin

'Tis the season for a Christmas themed sensory bin! We played a search and find game to add extra fine motor practice to our holiday sensory play.

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Our favorite unique sensory bin filler is dyed acini de pepe pasta! We color it with gel food coloring and a bit of vinegar then let it dry. We've used it in small world play and colorful sensory bins in the past year. For this Christmas sensory bin we mixed red pasta with green lentils to mimic the look of holly and berries!

Our favorite part of this sensory material is when the pasta dries it sticks together in chunks. The first fine motor work we did was to break apart the pasta with our hands. It was irresistibly fun!

We mixed in festive holiday details including Christmas erasers, foam shapes, tiny plastic presents, and scrapbooking brads. The possibilities are endless!

Our preschooler E dove right in! In addition to the traditional fine motor work that comes with sensory bins naturally such as scooping, pouring, picking out items, and digging through the filler, I invited E to find certain pieces. She counted as she sorted.

We played various search and find games. We challenged each other to hide and find particular pieces in the sensory bin. 

Once E was familiar with the items in the bin we tried a new game! One of us would close our eyes and while the other chose a piece.

With eyes still closed we tried to guess by touch alone what Christmas item we were holding! Feeling a tiny object like this really works those small hand and finger muscles!

Check out this week's other Fine Motor Friday posts:

Fine Motor Christmas Tree Sewing Activity from Craftulate

Paperclip Candy Canes from School Time Snippets

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  1. Oh I love the Acini de Pepe!! It looks great. I also love all the games you guys played! Such a fun sensory bin!

  2. Woah that pasta looks awesome, it looks just like floam! I love that you made up a game together to extend the fun!

  3. This is fantastic! I have all the materials to try a Christmas sensory bin like this but never would have thought of using the pasta!! Pinning!