sensory: Winter Sensory Bin with Word Recognition {Kids Winter Holiday Hop}

I’m participating in the Winter Holiday Hop hosted by Projects for Preschoolers.  The Winter Holiday Hop is all about child focused holiday ideas, activities, handmade gifts, goodies & recipes.

If you’ve been following along with me & my two little’s, we simply think that sensory bins are the best thing since sliced bread.  So it truly made sense for us that we make a sensory bin for this blog hop!  I continued in the direction that I have been headed lately – adding learning to the sensory bin to enhance it further (my fall sensory also included a learning aspect).  For this blog hop we’ve decided to make a winter sensory bin with some word recognition thrown into the mix.

This sensory bin is very simple to make and with the free printable I’ve included, it has a fun learning tool to add.



glass beads

cotton balls

plastic snowflakes (table scatter, ornaments)

blue pom pom’s

plastic plant marker or popsicle stick

double stick tape

plenty of cups, sorters, spoons, etc.

word printable (see below)

optional: laminator or clear contact paper


The directions are very simple.  Arrange all your materials in the bin in desired arrangement.  Print out 2 copies of the word printable.  If you are laminating them, do so now.  With the first sheet cut out each word & using your double stick tape, adhere word label to the plant marker or popsicle stick.  Cut out the other sheet into two parts (like shown in pic above), or leave as a whole (this sheet is the board to match too).  Place word markers into the sensory bin.  Have your child use the sticks to repeat the word and then match it to the board.  And then, let them have tons of fun enjoying their new sensory bin!  V loves sorting and scooping the best :)

I have a feeling this will be V’s new favorite sensory bin…I also have the feeling I will be finding cotton balls EVERYWHERE very, very, very soon! :)

What is your favorite winter activity to do with your kiddos?

xx m

Other participating sites:

Projects for Preschoolers *
Steve Spangler *
Rainy Day Mum *
Laura Kelly Designs *
Raising Figure Skaters *
Rockabye Butterfly *
Here Come the Girls *
Housing A Forest *
Creative Learning Fun *

We are excited to see what you came up with for the Winter Holiday Hop!

Please add your links to any child focused holiday idea, activity, handmade gift, goodie & recipe posts to the blog hop linky here.

Here’s the button you can grab if you are participating!

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  1. Awesome idea … I love combining an academic activity with a sensory bin! I featured your photo and post in my 25+ Snow-Themed Sensory Tubs at

  2. Super fun and oh so educational too. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Laura!! And thanks for taking the time to pop on by:) I’m thinking of making a book with illustrations to go with it next…stay tuned ;)

      xx ♥ m

  3. Oh I love love the blue and white, I’m sure I would play with this sensory bin even if my kids weren’t around to enjoy it, it’s beautiful and inspiring some fun creativity! Thank you so much for participating in the Kids Winter Holiday Hop!

    • hehe Jen! I know – who doesn’t want to put their hands in – I know I love it too!! I’m headed over in a little to check everyone’s posts out:) Thanks again for hosting!!

      xx ♥ m

  4. Momma's Fun World says:

    Love this!!! Great idea. Pinned it.

  5. Love it! Ping pong balls would be fun to add to.


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