December 11, 2010

the 5 senses of Christmas

My friend Zoe inspired me with this idea of Christmas play and experiences based around the five senses.  I have kept the list to things to do in your home.

  • Play I Spy on the Christmas tree (for example, can you find the reindeer, a gold bauble and so on)
  • at dinnertime, light up your house with candles and Christmas lights
  • listen to and sing Christmas carols
  • dance and play along to carols such as Jingle Bells and the Little Drummer Boy with bells and drums
  • play Can you find me? with bells.  One person takes bells with them and hides.  The other person finds them by listening for the sound of the bells.
  • collect different bells and ring them
(characteristic Christmas smells might include cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, peppermint)
  • collect different spices and smell them
  • make scented playdough
  • make a clove-studded orange (couldn't think of the name when I wrote this, but, oh yeah, a pomander) to hang on the Christmas tree
  • bake with Christmas spices
  • taste test traditional Christmas foods like gingerbread, fruit mince tarts, plum pudding, fruit cake, candy canes and so on
  • reach into a mystery bag of Christmas-related items and try to guess what is in the bag.  Things you could put in the bag – ornaments, tinsel, a bell, a branch of pine, a pinecone


Deb Chitwood said...

Great ideas for seasonal sensorial experiences! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at

Elle Belles Bows said...

Great post! Found you through Living Montessori Now. Kerri

Anonymous said...

Clever ideas! What about Take a candle lit bubble bath with Christmas confetti (read this idea on a blog--not sure which one); or Roast chestnuts (
Thanks for the ideas!