These Christmas sensory activities are sure to be great boredom busters for kids while they’re stuck indoors! I’ve included a wide range of sensory activities toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and older kids are going to love.
If you’re not familiar with sensory activities, they are activities that stimulate all of our senses. These activities help kids of all ages explore the world around them as well as their own bodies! It also helps with developing fine and gross motor skills, cognitive development, and is very calming for kids who struggle with anxiety or regulating emotions.
I could go on and on about how great sensory activities are! We love to find every excuse to put them together – and you can find a huge list of sensory activities for all kinds of themes and occasions HERE.
Below I’ve put together some of our favorite sensory activities that are all Christmas themed! They are all fun, engaging, and very festive. I’ve done my best to include a wide range of options – many are super quick to put together in order to make it easy for you.
But now, let’s get to the list of Christmas sensory activities!
The Best Festive Christmas Sensory Activities
Unfortunately, Christmas lights aren’t safe to play with on their own but even babies can safely enjoy them this way.
Super simple, not messy, and highly engaging – a great sensory and fine motor activity if you need to fill a few minutes 🙂
Gingerbread Playdough Recipe by Natural Beach Living
If your kids love to help making gingerbread cookies, they will LOVE this activity! Decorate gingerbread men over and over and re-use the play dough until you have to throw out it out.
Chocolate Reindeer Playdough by Fantastic Fun and Learning
Playdough invitations are such a fun way to get kids playing! For this recipe, you make some chocolate playdough and set out accessories for kids to enjoy.
Snowman Playdough Activity by Mommy Musings
Who says it needs to snow to make a snowman? This activity is so fun as kids decorate their own snowman. How cute is he?!
Grinch Playdough Recipe by Messy Little Monster
We couldn’t possibly forget the grinch, could we?! Another fun invitation to sensory play activity that kids will enjoy featuring their favorite Christmas character.
Or make (or buy) some different colors of play dough and decorate these Christmas Tree Play Dough Mats!
They’re a part of my 24 Days of Christmas Printables for Toddlers series, and I’ve included five different trees to get your kids’ creativity going no matter what they prefer.
Peppermint Christmas Playdough by Childhood 101
I love the smell of this peppermint playdough! Add in lots of Christmas accessories for lots of Christmas sensory fun.
Candy Cane Playdough by Kids Activities Blog
This playdough not only smells good but looks so fun too! Twisting the candy cane together is great for kids’ fine motor skills.
You can use the same technique with a different type of dough and make Salt Dough Candy Cane Ornaments for your Christmas tree.
For this craft, we used cookie cutters for a different look.
Grinch Slime Recipe by Little Bins for Little Hands
Fluffy Santa Slime by the Best Ideas for Kids
Candy Cane Slime by My Joy Filled Life
Elf Snot Slime by Everyday Shortcuts
The kids really get a kick out of this one! The recipe shows using it as a silly way to give out gift cards, but it’s a great activity at home too. Kids are sure to laugh it up as soon as you say elf snot LOL!!
Glittery Snow Slime by I Heart Crafty Things
Gingerbread Cloud Dough by Sugar, Spice, and Glitter
Cloud dough is one of our favorite activities but this gingerbread one is perfect for this time of year. Toss it in a bin with a few accessories and you might be able to have your coffee or tea in peace 🙂
Melted Snowman Jar by Life Over Cs
Melted Snowman Sensory Activity by Preschool Inspirations
Snowy Sensory Play by Powerful Mothering
Santa Snot by Laughing Kids Learn
Okay, this looks even more awesome than the elf snot activity, ha! The idea is pretty gross but isn’t that just what kids gravitate to naturally? And of course it also screams Christmas – either way kids will just love playing with this.
Grinch Calming Jars by My Heavenly Recipes
Bells, Bows and Peppermint Christmas Sensory Bin by Glue Sticks and Gumdrops
I love how many senses this bin incorporates! And can it get any more festive than incorporating bows, bells, and the smell of peppermint.
Christmas Glitter Slime by Sugar, Spice, and Glitter
I’ve included quite a few glitter slime recipes on this list but they really are so fun! This recipe has so many fun colors that really come together with the glitter. Oh, and did I mention it’s super stretchy too?
Christmas Sensory Bin by Stay at Home Educator
Sensory activities don’t have to be complicated or very messy! This sensory bin is so quick and easy to put together and won’t end up with the kids having to take a bath. Christmas colored pom poms paired with some accessories and you’ll have the kids engaged and busy for a while!
I Spy Winter Wonderland Sensory Bag by Mama Instincts
Christmas Pattern Block Sensory Bag by STEAMsational
This is another great sensory activity that doubles as a road trip activity. Kids will love putting together different Christmas shapes using block patterns.
Phew, that was a lot of Christmas sensory activities! How fun are they?! Which one are you going to try first?
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