This Christmas sensory tray is not only a fun activity for pre school children but also a great learning experience. The tray is easy to set up and offers a good opportunity for children to practice fine motor skills, develop language skills and lots more.
Our tray consisted of a range of items relating to Christmas with lots of interesting colours, textures and smells. The pin cones were an immediate attraction.
Our helper decided to use the pine cones as little Christmas trees to decorate with pom poms and ribbons, a fun activity for practising those fine motor skills.
We also filled a sensory tube with a range of Christmas items and some glitter to add some extra interest and a fun sensory experience for the babies.
We added some tweezers, bowls and scoops for scooping, grabbing and sorting the items from the tray.
Some more fun festive ideas:
- Sorting and counting the different coloured items into bowls using tweezers and scoops
- Talking about the sounds, smells and colours of Christmas
- Use the Christmas items to make festive pictures or crafts e.g. pine cone Christmas trees, collages or printing with pine cones or with tweezers and pom poms in paint.
- Add small toys to allow children to create their own imaginative festive small world play.
To create our Christmas sensory tray we included:
EYFS learning goals supported by this activity:
ELG01 Communication and language: speaking
ELG04 Physical development: moving and handing co ordination
ELG06 Personal, social and emotional development: Self confidence and self awareness
ELG11 Mathematics development: Numbers
ELG13 Understanding the world: People and communities
ELG14 Understanding the world: The world
ELG16 Expressive arts and design: exploring and using media and materials
ELG17 Expressive arts and design: Being imaginative
Will you be making Christmas sensory trays? What will you be adding?
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