A Surprise a Day Christmas Sensory bin

A Surprise a Day Christmas Sensory Bin

We have had a Christmas Sensory Bin for years now, but I have never written a full post about the part my kids enjoy the most. The new surprise each day! The bin itself begins with only the red/green base of items. The fun little Christmas additions come out one a day until they are all in the bin!


The Base:

  • red and green pom poms, jewels, and other small items
  • red and green tongs, spoons, scoops
  • sorting tray {ours is red}, ice cube trays, etc.
  • stockings {for playing feel and guess games, what’s missing, etc.}

Listen Carefully Sensory Bin Game


The Daily Surprises

    When adding one item per day, I also add in my little special containers. They love to play with the containers almost as much as the little stuff!
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    Getting a new item an a new container each day is really cool!
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    I collected most of my little items from craft stores and dollar stores.  I hit the after Christmas sales each year for new additions at really low prices!
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Ideas for daily items to add in…

  • pretend mini candy canes, candy
  • small bells
  • scented pine cones
  • small Christmas toys
  • red and green stars
  • mini Nativity figures
  • red and green glittery balls
  • mini gifts
  • mini drums
  • mini trees
  • mini lights
  • mini stockings

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I start in early December and add surprises one per day until they are all in.  The full bin then stays out through December to play with! This year the kids {all 3 of them} were so excited to see the bin again!  The boys insist on still being involved when the new item is revealed each day! 

Christmas Theme Pinterest Board

Choose Attitude over Activities

I share many activities on my blog.  I do many activities with my children.  But, I have never written a post directly about the thought and belief I hold that overrides any activity I share.  I have mentioned this quote here, here, and here, but never dedicated an entire post to this idea, Mommy’s ATTITUDE matters more than the ACTIVITIES.

Mommy's Attitude matters more than the Activities

As we begin our month of fun filled Christmas activities, it is my prayer that we all remember this.  Memories will be made more by the attitude we display, rather than the crafts we make. I am not always the most peaceful, joy-filled momma.  I struggle with anxiety, stress and a temper.  I find myself on my knees almost every night praying to do things better the next day. I am definitely a work in progress.

I realize I will never be a perfect Godly momma here on earth, but that doesn’t stop me from praying, and trying to be better for my kids. I used to think better meant more fun things for them to do.  I now realized that it means having a more JOY FILLED attitude.


{not activity-filled}

These smiling faces will certainly smile more if I smile more.

Find the JOY

Friends & Heroes Online Christmas Fun

We have been loving the Friends & Heroes DVDs since we reviewed the first one a few months ago.  I have since purchased the rest in the first series and the complete 2nd series! My kids watch one episode each school day during lunch time.  We will begin the 3rd and final series after Christmas!

{disclaimer ~ affiliate links are used in this post}

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Friends and Heroes is offering these FREE Christmas resources to all!

First, they have an online Advent Calendar filled with daily Bible readings and activities {some online, some printables}!  You open one day at a time throughout the month of December to see your new reading and activity!



They also have a beautiful video, He Chose the Shepherds


Christmas Alphabet Printables

Christmas Alphabet Printables

I am so excited about these new Christmas Alphabet Printables! We will be using them during December, mostly for Ladybug.

I made the printable set full size {one letter per page} in case you wanted a big set, but you can easily scale down to whatever size you’d like. See a tutorial here if you aren’t sure how to do that!

I printed a mini version for us, using cardstock.  I set ours to print vertically 3×3.

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I laminated them and then cut them out.  I decided I would make a display for the wall using red ribbons and twine.

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I cut small pieces of red ribbon, made loops and simply taped them on the back.

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We will be hanging them up one at a time, but I put them all up so I could measure my string.

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I left the right side looped loosely so we could easily add a card each day.

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You could make a memory game, wall posters, ornaments, and so much more with these! I hope many of you enjoy them! 


Download the Christmas ABC Printables Here!

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I also made a digital eBook, which you can download here {scroll down until you se the graphic and then click on the title to download the PDF file}!  I didn’t figure you’d like it very much if I made the printables with a red background, but I did for the eBook since it won’t suck ink!  Enjoy!

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See more Christmas fun

Christmas Theme Pinterest Board

Just Color! ~ Christmas Nativity

The idea behind Just Color! is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. There are mostly coloring pages, and a few coloring activities. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

I just added a new Christmas Nativity Coloring set!

Just Color Nativity

Remember, if you want to make a mini coloring book, you can always scale down PDF files! If you have any problems downloading or printing these or other PDF files, see troubleshooting tips here.

We also have 2 other Christmas Coloring sets…

Just Color 12 Days of Christmas s  Just Color Christmas

Looking for more Christmas Theme fun?

Christmas Theme Pinterest Board