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Christmas Sensory Integration — Rudolph's Light, Frosty's Snow, Jingle Bells, & the Gingerbread Man

By Allie Magnuson on December 10, 2010
  • Grades: PreK–K

 Next week I will share 12 incredibly fun Christmas activities (so don't forget to check back!), but first I wanted to share some super simple ways to celebrate Christmas using all five senses. You probably already do at least one of these things. Do them all to bring the full sensory experience of Christmas into your classroom!

 

The Sights of Christmas

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Christmas in Kindergarten and PreK Christmas in Kindergarten and PreK Everyone knows and loves Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. His Christmas in Kindergarten and PreK bright, blinking light guides Santa's sleigh through the night sky. Provide Rudolph's light (I found a light-up blinking nose at Michael's) and strings of Christmas lights for an enchanting, Christmas-y atmosphere. Make Rudolph out of popsicle sticks or paper.


The Feel of Christmas


Christmas in Kindergarten and PreK Frosty the Snowman is another beloved Christmas character. Since I live and teach Christmas in Kindergarten and PreK Christmas in Kindergarten and PreK in Nevada, most of my students have never seen real snow. I would love to have them go outside and make Frosty from the snow on the ground, but there isn't any, so I mixed some Insta-Snow in a bin for them to feel. Let your students play in the snow — real or fake. They can also make Frosty with glue, glitter, or crayons. 

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The Sounds of Christmas

 

Christmas in Kindergarten and PreK The most magical sound of Christmas — besides children's laughter, maybe — is the sound of bells. Jingle bells and silver bells, to be exact. Christmas in Kindergarten and PreK Christmas in Kindergarten and PreK My kids made bell necklaces for their mothers, and entertained themselves by singing "Jingle Bells" and making jingly music.

 

 

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Listen to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman," "Jingle Bells," and "The Gingerbread Man."

 

The Smells and Tastes of Christmas

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Christmas in Kindergarten and PreK Christmas in Kindergarten and PreK Certain smells are all it takes to bring the joy of Christmas into your heart. Cinnamon sticks, pine needles, and peppermints are easy to spread around. Combine smell and taste by baking gingerbread cookies, making cinnamon toast or rolls, or passing out candy canes.

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Miss Bindergarten at Christmas

These are just a few suggestions for making the holiday season merry and bright in your classroom. How do you deck out your room for Christmas?

Have a sensuous weekend!

~Allie

 

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Comments (2)

Patti ~ thanks for reading. Yes the kids really liked the snow. I think I will do it again sometime this winter but get a whole bucket of it going. Yes Santa is coming to our room ~ the kids will be so excited.

~Allie

Love the snow! What a great idea for the little ones who live in the desert. You have such amazing ideas. Is santa coming to your room?

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