Nativity Sensory Bin – a fine motor Christmas Activity…
I love coming up with new ideas for holiday crafts and activities for the Hooligans. This Nativity sensory bin is a great way for little ones to learn about the birth of Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas, while at the same time providing lots of fun and fine motor development.
For the bin, I simply filled a foil roasting pan with various lentils, tucked the Nativity sets in and added a “christmas tree”. The “tree” is a candle that I’ve had for years, and these lentils get bagged when we’re finished with them, and used over and over again for sensory play.
It’s interesting how boys and girls tend to have different perspectives on things. Yesterday, when I set out the Nativity bin for the first time, Miss Mess quickly announced, “I’m going to decorate my house”, and the boys proceeded to make construction noises, and use their stables as a bulldozer.
I love this too: This morning I set the bin out for a two year old who hadn’t yet seen it. I got called away to answer the door, and got talking with a parent who was dropping off their child. When I returned to the play area a few minutes later, I had to chuckle at what the 2 year old was busy doing:
I love seeing how creative even the youngest children can be when given open-ended, undefined materials to play with!
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