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Holiday Crafts that Promote Sensory Skills – Part II

Holiday Crafts that Promote Sensory Skills – Part II

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Last week we shared holiday crafts that entice the senses of touch, sight, and taste. Today we bring you two more fun activities – this time for the sense of smell and hearing. Try these with your child to get them excited about the holidays and to make special gifts for family, too. Their senses will be, helping them to learn and retain information, not to mention make great holiday memories for you both.


  • Baby Food Jar Air Freshener

This one is super easy and makes for great presents for grandmas or aunts. Here are the materials you will need:

  • Potpourri
  • Clean Baby Food Jar (no top needed)
  • 5″ Paper Doily or piece of Tulle
  • Rubber Band
  • Lace, doily
  • Ribbon
  • Low Temp Glue Gun


Fill jar with potpourri then cover with a paper doily or tulle. Secure the doily or tulle with a rubber band. Tie a ribbon around the jar to hide the rubber band. If you want to go the extra step, make a bow out of the extra ribbon and hot glue it to the center of the jar.


  • Jingle Bell Tambourine

To make one tambourine, you will need:

  • 6 medium-sized jingle bells (available at craft stores)
  • 6 long pipe cleaners (red, green, white)
  • Colorful ribbon (optional)

Your child can make her own jingle bell tambourine to use while you sing Christmas songs together. Encourage them to practice their fine motor skills by lacing jingle bells onto some red, white and green pipe cleaners. Make at least six strands, threading one medium-sized jingle bell onto the center of each pipe cleaner. Once these are ready, help your child braid or twist the pipe cleaners into a circle and tuck any pointy ends into the shape. Remember to space out the bells so that they fan the entire circle. Twist some colorful ribbon in the mix, if you want, and your child is now ready for some jingle bell rockin’.


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