Preschool Sensory Christmas Tree

December 12, 2011

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: The Handiest Things in the World

by Andrew Clements Photographs by Raquel Jaramillo

Why we love this book:

We’re often asked how we select the books we GIVE AWAY at waddlee-ah-chaa. It’s quite simple, we love books and we’re always on the look out for books. There’s no method to our madness. We pick books with great illustrations and stories. We pick books we love. That’s it. I happened to see this book about hands a few weeks ago. The photo on the cover clearly beckoned to me, “Go ahead, pick me up. You know you want to look inside!”

I immediately fell in love with the photos of real children exploring their world through the sense of touch. So I bought several books for our preschool and one to GIVE AWAY some day here at waddlee-ah-chaa.

Little did I know that when I walked into the school on Monday, Ms. Sandi and Ms. Michelle would have a giant Sensory Christmas Tree displayed in her classroom. Funny how great learning explorations seem to magically come together. We’ve all heard of a sensory table, how about a Sense-ational Christmas Tree . . .

Sense-ational Christmas Tree


  • Giant Paper Christmas Tree
  • cinnamon sticks
  • Popsicle sticks
  • candy canes
  • jingle bells
  • pom-poms


  • Each day the children made a new ornament highlighting one of the five senses. I’ve been in the education field for a loooooong time. It’s not often that I see a new idea. I thought this sensory tree was brilliant!

Smell: cinnamon sticks glued onto a Popsicle stick

Touch: pom-poms glued to a paper ornament

See: children colored cut-out Christmas light shape

Hear: jingle bells tied onto strings

Taste: candy canes (the children got to taste their candy canes at the end of the week)

This Sense-sational Christmas Tree has sparked my creativity. I’m imagining a big green Sense-sational Spring Tree. The children can go on a spring walk and make observations using all five of their senses. Later they can add Spring items to their Sense-sational Spring Tree. The Sense-sational Tree could change throughout the seasons. Brilliant idea from another ingenious Preschool teacher! And I happen to know the “Handiest” book to help you with your study . . .

Life with Joyce

We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of  The Handiest Things in the World

by Andrew Clements Photographs by Raquel Jaramillo

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

What is your favorite sight, smell, sound, taste or touch of Christmas?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, December 15, 2011

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, December 16, 2011. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Natalie December 12, 2011 at 11:28 am

A sensory Christmas tree IS a brilliant idea! My favorite sight of Christmas is Christmas lights.

Cee December 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm

My favorite sight of Christmas is the joy and excitement that I see in my daughter’s face.

Robin December 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I love the sounds and scents of Christmas, If I taste to much I get carried away.. :) I love the piano playing christmas tunes, the smell of cinnamon and clove in the air.. snow would be nice to see on Christmas morning.

Tara December 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I love the smell of the Christmas tree.

Karissa Riter December 13, 2011 at 10:27 am

My favorite sound of Christmas is my little boy practicing his Christmas carols for his school program. I’ve heard “Rudolph” 65 times in the past two weeks but I still love to hear him sing it!

My favorite sight is my family sitting around the breakfast table on Christmas morning sharing past Christmas stories.

My favorite smell is Christmas cookies and peanut butter fudge cooking when we make our annual Christmas candy. This is also my favorite taste!

My favorite touch is a warm sweater wrapped around me on a cold, snowy white Christmas.

Amy freeman December 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm

My favorite sound of Christmas would be all the bell ringers for the Salvation army ! I luv the sounds of the bell’s it really puts me in the holiday spirit!
My favorite sight would be waking up my family on Christmas morning love to see the excitment in there eye’s
My favorite smell is would be all the food’s that our family has prepared together with love
My favorite touch would have to be the snow !

Kathy Moore December 15, 2011 at 9:20 am

My favorite smell at Christmas is the cookies baking in the oven! Love, love the sensory tree!

Anissa December 15, 2011 at 10:33 am

I love to smell the super infused cinnamon scented brooms and pinecones. It gives your house the smell of baking without all the work.

Stephanie Olmsted December 15, 2011 at 8:50 pm

My favorite smell of Christmas time, Christmas trees of course. ah
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Elcin October 16, 2015 at 5:20 pm

Happy Easter wishes swietee. We are looking forward to the egg hunt in our backyard. Our grandchildren don’t care what the temperature is. Lets just hope the snow stays away. We had a snow storm yesterday xo

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