Christmas Sensory Bin Ideas For Sensory Processing Disorder

  • December 24, 2012
  • by Christine
  • fine motor skills, sensory bin, Sensory Processing Disorder,
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With Christmas right around the corner, it is a fun time to pull out seasonal items and create a Christmas Sensory Bin. Sensory bins are a great way to help kids with Sensory Processing Disorder. It also helps any child develop motor skills and enhance the senses.

This week is all about Winter and Christmas items. Even after Christmas, these items are a great way to keep the spirit of Christmas going.


  • Bells
  • Small plastic ornaments
  • Rice Krispies or rice
  • Things that sparkle
  • Pine cones
  • Any other seasonal, bright or odd shaped things
  • Tongs, bowls, spoons, etc.

I used Rice Krispies cereal because I thought it looked like snow.

We collected the above items from around the house. I set this one up differently from the other sensory bins. I left all items separated and allowed him to add them to the bin as he desired.

The tongs are perfect for helping with fine motor skills.

Encourage your child to mix up and then separate the items by style, size, color, etc.

Allow him or her to enjoy the colors and textures.

Other ideas:

  • You could add cinnamon or other seasonal spices to enhance the smell sense.
  • Make gathering the items a treasure hunt. Encourage your child to find items that capture his or her attention with their size, shape or color.
  • You can use rice for the same snow look. Rice or Rice Krispies could be colored with food coloring to change the look of your “snow.”


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