These Christmas Sensory Tables are perfect to add to your next Christmas party. All kids from toddlers to tweens will love getting their hands in the mix.
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General Tips for Sensory Tables
- In general, the point of Sensory Tables is just for kids to be able to discover with all their senses. Let them direct their own play, without requiring a specific outcome. Feel free to play with them, though. Let them see you having fun in lots of different ways, too.
- These Sensory Tables have small pieces and may not be appropriate for some small children. Please remember to supervise children in your care.
- Kids love to scoop and fill. Make sure to provide them with different items to fill, like, buckets, pails, cups, boxes, tins, and tubs … be creative. Also, think about adding different kinds of scoops, spoons, pincers and tongs.
- Most of the time we put these together in an underbed storage tote. You should make sure they are low enough to make it easy for children to comfortably reach into.
Snow Globe Sensory Table
This Snow Globe Sensory Table was by far the biggest draw at our Christmas event. The kids loved digging through all the fake snow and finding the little treasures to put inside their “globes.” This makes an awesome addition to a kid’s party and the little DIY “snow globes” would make a great take-home for each child. We made sure to use plastic jars for the safety of all the kids. Also, keep in mind that this fake snow is very light and tends to blow around. We also used a hot-glue gun to glue some of the toys to the inside of the lids. About 50% stayed put. If you really want them to stay, I’d suggest getting some glue for plastics. Here’s what you’ll need.
- Fake Snow
- White Tinsel
- Small Plastic Jars, we got these jars by mail.
- Clear Plastic Fillable Ornament Balls
- Christmas Glitter Shapes
- Fake Trees
- Small Toys, here’s some, and more, or look at Oriental Trading Company and Dollar Tree
Cranberry Sparkle Sensory Table
This Cranberry Sensory Table was so pretty, especially at night. We prepared this for an outdoor evening event and all the tea lights just sparkled and created the most gorgeous glow. Here’s what you’ll need.
Christmas Nature Sensory Table
This Christmas Nature Sensory Table is all about the scooping and mixing. These colors did not stay separated long at all, the kids just loved mixing everything up. There’s something about running all these beans through your fingers – it feels sooo good – even for the adults. The cinnamon-scented pinecones you can buy this time of the year are pretty pokey, so I wouldn’t use those. Here’s what we put in this bin.
- Red, Green and White Beans
- Pine Cones, check these out, or try to gather some from outside
- Wooden Shapes, or these wood branch slices would be real cute
- Tree Branches, gathered or from a Christmas Tree lot
Jingle bell Sensory Table
The Jingle Bell Sensory Table is perfect for toddlers. They love stringing the little bells on the pipe cleaners and making bracelets. And, of course, they love all the noise. This is really so easy and quick to put together, too. I don’t have a picture to show you, but here’s all you need.