Christmas Sensory Bin for Toddlers

As the Autumn Sensory Bin was such a success making a Christmas themed one was a bit of a no brainer.  This was day 7 of our advent activities. On the whole the activities have been mainly aimed at E. (because he’s the one who’s old enough to care) so it was nice to do something that was more for Little Miss.

My first step was of course to spend far too long on Pinterest. I gathered a load of ideas on my Winter Themed Activities Board.



Generally with sensory tubs I want them to be mainly full of things we already have on hand. So my inspiration was this one from ‘ Raising Little Superheroes’


  • Cotton Wool Balls
  • Bits of christmas tree – these actually came from a tree in our garden.
  • Jingle Bells
  • Little Baubles
  • Christmas themed tin
  • Muffin tray
  • Mini Christmas Tree – Mr B. and I bought this on our first christmas as a couple (17 years ago!! We were students and too cheap/poor to buy a real tree)
  • Wooden spoons – these came with a takeaway and we didn’t use them so I put them aside

If you’re interested in how we use sensory tubs and some of the benefits I went into more details in the Autumn post. 

Hints and warnings!

  • Obviously none of these things are officially toys and are not safety tested for young children – I never just leave sensory tubs out for general play.
  • Cotton wool makes a terrible mess when it’s all tipped onto the carpet! I assumed that it’d be mainly mess free – I assumed wrong!


This has been a bit less popular than the Autumn box – which is another advantage to it not costing much! It turns out Little Miss is not keen on the feel of cotton wool balls. I suppose the feeling of something you don’t like counts as a sensory experience too 😉 .

Two Tiny Hands


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14 Responses to Christmas Sensory Bin for Toddlers

  1. Ellie says:

    I loved doing sensory boxes with my Squishy when he was younger. It was always hit or miss, though. It almost seemed like the more thought I put into it, the less time he would spend exploring it. Silly kids.

  2. Tammymum says:

    Yeah cotton wool is a bit of love hate kind of thing isn’t it. Some people find the texture really weird, which well I guess it is. Not to mention messy – we have had cotton wall spread over our carpets before too, argh! The colours in this box are very festive and it certainly looks great. Have a wonderful Christmas and thanks for joining us at #familyfun
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  3. ooo cotton wool, hadn’t thought of this! I am trying to make white pompoms for a white winter box for the new year. I’ll be stealing this for my box. All the baubles look like sparkly fun. Thanks for linking up to #FamilyFun
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    • Beth at Bamm Boo says:

      Pompoms are so much fun! And they last a lot longer so you can use them again and again .

      Thanks for your comment, I hope you have a lovely, restful Christmas xx

  4. So simple and yet so effective, what a great idea. I never did sensory bins with my two but I wish I had, for some reason I thought they would be much more complicated and messy, no idea why. Have a great Christmas x
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    • Beth at Bamm Boo says:

      They definitely seem more difficult than they are, once you start they’re fairly simple. Thanks for your comment and merry Christmas x

  5. I never did sensory bins/tubs for my eldest – I’d never heard of them! I love the range of contents you’ve added into this one – so Christmassy! My youngest is still a little too young for some of the things, but definitely likes everyday items more than his toys 🙂 x
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  6. Katy Stevens says:

    I love the idea of a sensory box! Looks fun!

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