How to make a fun counting Christmas sensory bin for your toddlers this Christmas. Print off my free Christmas tree counting cards for your kids to make it more fun. It’s always fun to learn with Holiday themed sensory bins.
I have a Bachelor degree in elementary education and taught school for three years. I have loved putting together these learning activities for my boys. I know they will help prepare them for when they start school. You might also want to check out my other blog post Counting bears sensory table for more learning sensory bin ideas.
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Counting Christmas Sensory Bin
I’m so excited to share this counting Christmas sensory bin with you. It’s a great way for your child to learn how to count as well as learning their fine motor skills. I love Holidays and it always makes learning fun when you can incorporate the Holiday into an activity. I hope your kids enjoy it as much as my boys did!
WHY COUNTING IS IMPORTANT
It’s great if your child can count to 10, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they could bring you 10 pom poms if you asked them. The first step is learning to count from memory and then understanding the quantity that each number represents. It’s an important step in teaching your child to learn about numbers by having them physically move objects to count. Thats why this activity is so great. When they place the Christmas objects with each number they start to learn that 1:1 correspondence which means they start understanding that every object can only be counted once. This is a great activity for learning how to count.
What you will need for this Christmas sensory bin
I went to Hobby Lobby to get all of my supplies. The red tongs were also from Hobby Lobby next to the Christmas paper plates and table cloths. I bet you could also find most of these supplies at the Dollar Store or Walmart.
CHECKLIST OF ITEMS YOU WILL NEED:
- Bin or Ikea Sensory Table (link below)
- Sensory spoon or grabbers
- Gift filler Shredded paper
- Christmas colored pom poms
- Christmas Tree Counting Cards (pdf download below)
- Washi Tape Christmas themed
- Laminator (optional) You definitely do not need to laminate your cards, but I had a laminator and thought it would be nice. When paper is laminated it last longer so I can use it again next year.
Christmas Tree Counting Cards
I made these free Christmas tree counting cards so you can easily print at home and enjoy with your kids. Just print them off and tape them on a table with the bin of pom poms next to it.
How to do the activity
This is a fun way to get your toddlers excited to count by adding a holiday theme to the activity. On one side of the table I have my Christmas tree cards taped down and the other side will be my bin with pom poms inside. Mix the shredded paper with the pom poms. Your child will have to use their tongs to pick up the poms poms and put the correct number on the tree. I told my boys we would be decorating Christmas trees and learning how to count. They had so much fun.
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WHERE MY SENSORY TABLE IS FROM
The sensory table is from Ikea and its called Flisat. The bins that fit inside are also from Ikea and they are called Trofast storage box. The bins and stools that go with the table are sold separately. If you want to buy just the table it’s $49.99.
This table is always out of stock and it took me a couple months of checking often to finally get it. I made sure to sign up for the email notification so when it came back in stock I would get an alert on my phone. This was the only way I was able to finally buy one. Make sure to check in often with your local Ikea store. If you don’t want to wait for it to come back in stock you can pay more and buy it on Amazon now.