A Christmas Exploration, a sensory bin alternative

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As a slight twist on a sensory bin, I offered up some Christmas decorations and holiday items in our sled.
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Extra large stocking and mini stocking. Santa hat and reindeer antler headband. Tinsel and beaded garlands. Ornaments. A large bow and some small gift bows. Plush snowman and gingerbread man. Teddybear dressed as Santa (Build-A-Bear). An old Christmas card.
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A tin with mini-ornaments.
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A tin with cookie cutters.

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One of the first things the children did was to open up the tins and explore the contents.

Once the contents of the tin had been thoroughly explored, LittleMan donned the Santa hat and emptied the sled so he could sit inside it.
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Then he dressed up the teddybear with the reindeer antler headband.
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And he filled the large stocking with various items he called “presents” which he needed to deliver via reindeer drawn sleigh.
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All the while LittleMan was having his pretend play, SunnyGirl was dancing with tinsel garland and dressing herself in bows.
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Eventually Santa asked her help packing more presents for the children.
Which she happily did.
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Until she decided it was time to fetch a pencil and fill out the Christmas card.
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The pretend play continued off and on for several hours following these pictures. The sled was dragged around the house, “presents” were wrapped and delivered and unwrapped. I was surprised by how much fine motor practice both the children naturally felt compelled to have with these simple Christmas items.

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2 Comments to A Christmas Exploration, a sensory bin alternative

  1. I love all the imaginative play this inspired!

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