Christmas Sensory Bins and Fine Motor Activities

Happy December! It’s officially time to get working in our Christmas-themed sensory bins, and we’re so excited! There’s something about Christmas bins that make them extra fun! I hope these bins make a great addition to your December school time!


Christmas Gem/”Ornament” Bin

There’s no need for extra activities with this bin. LG has had SO much fun just playing with the gems! While I was putting together all of our bins, I kept finding her at this bin. Each time she as doing something different – sorting the gems by color, building shapes, you name it! I LOVE that about simple bins. There are so many ways to use them!


Free Counting Cards

Of course we had to bust out our FREE counting cards with the gems! LG loves getting to practice each month with a different manipulative. And I love that I can make a reused resource new and fun each time we use it!

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Christmas Tree Life Cycle Sensory Bin

Sensory bins and science? YES, please! Believe it or not, one of our favorite things to include with our sensory bin activities is a science lesson! For Christmastime, we love studying the life cycle of a Christmas tree. These matching mats are a perfect addition to your Christmas sensory bin!

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Christmas Tree Play Dough Tray

I cannot even tell you how much fun this Christmas tree play dough tray has brought us! The dough is made from a recipe from the Play Dough Queen herself (MotherCould) and it’s just DREAMY!

To assemble the tray, I started with this party tray that I found years ago at Dollar Tree. I added the play dough to the center. Then filled the other spots with goodies I found on sale at Hobby Lobby! LG and I have had so much fun building Christmas trees together!


Christmas Sticker Sort

We LOVE getting these puffy stickers at Hobby Lobby whenever they go on sale! The packs are perfect for so many activities, like this sort!

Putting together this activity is super simple! Fold a sheet of paper into 4 parts. Place one of each sticker in the corners so your little one know which stickers to put in the sections. Then, watch them go! We LOVE using puffy stickers for fine motor skills practice because it takes a good amount of work to get the backs off of the stickers!


Puffy Sticker Names

Another fun activity to do with puffy stickers is name building! You can also find these Christmas-colored puffy alphabet stickers at Hobby Lobby! For name practice, I cut strips of paper and wrote names on them. Then, LG had to find the correct letters to match to the letters in the names!


Jingle Bell Patterns

Have you seen these adorable jingle bells at Hobby Lobby?! Holy moly! We’re LOVING them! They’re another great manipulative option for counting, color sorting, and building letters, numbers and shapes! For this activity, we used them to practice building patterns!


Nativity Sensory Bins

These bins are some of our favorites to pull out every December! We love to practice retelling the Christmas story with this matching mat, and LG loves putting together the puzzle!

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Christmas Scissors Practice

Cutting practice is such an important skill for our Preschoolers! Practicing with cutting strips is a great way to give them some extra guidance as they practice, something they will need once they begin crafting and working on cut-and-paste activities!

To mix things up a little bit, I like to print ours on colorful paper like Astrobrights!

CLICK HERE to grab these Christmas-themed cutting strips!


Christmas Play Dough Prompts

If your littles love play dough, these Christmas-themed play dough prompts are a great way to encourage more specific fine motor skills practice! Practice building the pictures with the matching colors, or use your favorite dough to build them all! Either way, kiddos will gain tons of practice and strengthen their little fingers!

CLICK HERE to grab these cards in our Christmas Math and Literacy Centers for PreK & Kinder!


Nativity Bin

Got littles? This bin is perfect for retelling the Christmas story and allowing your little ones to explore the different people involved! LG loves this little set!

CLICK HERE to find the Nativity set using my affiliate link on Amazon!


Nativity Themed Pre-Writing Strips

If your little ones could use some extra pre-writing practice, don’t forget to grab these cuties from my Free Resource Library! When laminated, these strips can be use with dry erase markers for handwriting practice. Or use PlayDoh and small manipulatives to practice building the lines!

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