I was finalizing my lesson plans when I realized I had no idea where my Christmas sensory bin material was. I took a look at last year’s plans and remembered that I had thrown it all away because it was looking rather tired. It had been a long weekend and my brain was not working so I headed over to Dollar Tree to gather some materials since I needed some inexpensive ornaments for our classroom tree.
I picked up red and white paper shred, meant for gift wrapping. I also picked up these long stretchy cords in green and gold that were meant to be used in crafting wreaths. I cut them into pieces. I also purchased a couple Christmas tree shapes trays and several Christmas boxes that could open. In addition there were some Christmas erasers and a couple sets of Christmas ornaments that were shaped like presents in two different sizes.
Since we had much less time than usual in our classroom this past week I will be using this bin again this week. To change it up a bit I am adding some jingle bells, a magnet wand, and a couple tools for picking up items.
I did have to remind students that the small present shaped ornaments were not to really be opened since all that was inside was a piece of styrofoam. A couple did get opened anyway, but after a reminder we made it through the week with only two casualties out of twenty ornaments.