Sensory play is one of the best ways to help kids remember and process information. A sensory bin that goes along with a book or a story provides children with the chance to retell the story, a major component of reading comprehension. This Jolly Christmas Postman Sensory Bin includes fake sensory snow, some figures and some postcards for fun and engaging book-based play!

Full instructions on creating a Christmas Sensory Bin inspired by the classic children's Christmas book The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan and Janet Ahlberg.

The Jolly Christmas Postman

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The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg is really fun and interactive for kids to read with the letters and games within envelopes inside the book. For this sensory bin, the kids can create and decorate their own postcards to play with in the bin.

To Make the Sensory Bin

Materials Needed for your Jolly Christmas Postman Inspired Sensory Bin

Full instructions on creating a Christmas Sensory Bin inspired by the classic children's Christmas book The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan and Janet Ahlberg.

The Jolly Christmas Postman (or watch on YouTube)

Cornstarch/Corn Flour

Shaving Cream

Cardstock

Pens

Christmas Stickers

Plastic Bin

Toy House – this storybook set based on the 3 Little Pigs is a good theme for the sensory bin

Toy Characters

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How to make your Jolly Christmas Postman Inspired Sensory Bin

Full instructions on creating a Christmas Sensory Bin inspired by the classic children's Christmas book The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan and Janet Ahlberg.

 

To make the fake snow, combine equal parts cornstarch and white, foamy shaving cream. Mix until crumbly and snow-like.

Add the fake snow to the plastic bin as a sensory base.

Full instructions on creating a Christmas Sensory Bin inspired by the classic children's Christmas book The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan and Janet Ahlberg.

Cut squares of cardstock to make mini-postcards. Add some of the addresses from the cards in the book and let kids decorate them with stickers or markers.

To the bin with the fake snow and the postcards, add some mini toy house figurines and a toy character.

Full instructions on creating a Christmas Sensory Bin inspired by the classic children's Christmas book The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan and Janet Ahlberg.

Kids can play in this sensory bin in so many different ways. By adding toy houses and mini figures to go along with many of the other characters in the book such as the gingerbread man, Red Riding Hood, the Big Bag Wolf and Santa!

Full instructions on creating a Christmas Sensory Bin inspired by the classic children's Christmas book The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan and Janet Ahlberg.

This Jolly Christmas Postman Sensory Bin is excellent for playing with while listening to the story to really help kids comprehend and listen. Additionally, the fake snow that is used in this bin is an excellent sensory tool for the Winter that can be used in a number of different ways, and the shaving cream that to make fake snow is also a great sensory tool.

Have so much fun with the Jolly Christmas Postman book and this fake snow sensory bin!

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Katie Chiavarone writes at Views From a Step Stool about kids activities, the importance of play-based learning, and positive parenting techniques.  Currently a mom to 3 young children, with previous roles in schools and as a behavior therapist for children with Autism, she has had more than 10 years of experience working with children.

Additionally, she relies on her Master’s in Educational Psychology from NYU when writing about children and education.

She has co-authored the book The Undeniable Power of Play and can be found on Facebook.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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