Sugar Aunts: Away In A Manger Christmas Carol Sensory Bin (with Egg Cartons!)

Away In A Manger Christmas Carol Sensory Bin (with Egg Cartons!)

This time of year, we love our Christmas carols. (Actually, we seem to sing them year-round.  During the Christmas season, though, they are on re-play!)  We joined bloggers from all over in creating a sensory bin based on Christmas carols.  You can see all of the bloggers and their Christmas carol-related sensory bins here

We decided to create a sensory bin around one of our favorite Christmas carols, "Away in a Manger".  It's a song that my kids love to sing and one that brings memories of Christmas sing-a-longs and church pageants. This nativity sensory bin used something that we love to craft with: egg cartons!

Away in a Manger Christmas Carol sensory bin. With egg cartons!

Egg Carton Nativity Sensory Bin

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This sensory bin was easy to put together.  Pull out your paint and glue and a few recycled egg cartons, because this was fun to make AND play with.


Away in a Manger Christmas Carol sensory bin. With egg cartons!

  Away in a Manger Christmas Carol sensory bin. With egg cartons!

My daughter helped me paint egg carton sections with different colored paints (I love these for their bright colors.) and I added the face details.  We glued on parts to the people. like adding a gold pipe cleaner halo to the angel, white crafting pom poms to the lamb, and sparkly spangles to the three kings. 

Away in a Manger Christmas Carol sensory bin. With egg cartons!

Use a permanent marker to add facial features.

Away in a Manger Christmas Carol sensory bin. With egg cartons!

We used another egg carton to build the stable, and a recycled paper tube to make the manger.

Away in a Manger Christmas Carol sensory bin. With egg cartons!

And it was time to play. (Turn on "Away in a Manger" while you play!)

Away in a Manger Christmas Carol Sensory Bin

We used corn and black beans to create a sensory bin filler.  It was a cool medium because we could create hills and mounds like the landscape that Mary and Joseph may have crossed to get to the stable.  

Away in a Manger Christmas Carol sensory bin. With egg cartons!

Away in a Manger Christmas Carol sensory bin. With egg cartons!

Away in a Manger Christmas Carol sensory bin. With egg cartons!

We scooped and smoothed the corn as we pretended our nativity scene (and sang Away in a Manger).  


Away in a Manger Christmas Carol sensory bin. With egg cartons!

This donkey looks a little more like a monkey...But it worked for us!  He was pals with the pig and the overly fluffy sheep.

We had so much fun playing with this Manger sensory bin.  It will be out for the rest of our Christmas season...and probably a bit longer after that!

Want to see more sensory bins based on Christmas Carols?  Check out what these bloggers have created! 


Away in the Manger | Sugar Aunts
Jingle Bells | Laly Mom
Frosty the Snowman | Still Playing School
Oh Holy Night | Teach Me Mommy
Jingle Bell Rock | Modern Preschool
O Christmas Tree | Best Toys 4 Toddlers
The Friendly Beasts | Line Upon Line Learning
King of Christmas | Squiggles and Bubbles
Silver Bells | One Time Through
Little Drummer Boy | Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails 

Away in a Manger Christmas Carol sensory bin. With egg cartons!


Away in a Manger Christmas Carol sensory bin. With egg cartons!

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6 comments :

  1. These are ADORABLE! My son is singing this at his preschool so I'll be sure to share with his teachers!

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  2. Holy moly that is SO adorable!!!!!!!!

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  3. Cute! Love your egg carton nativity!

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  4. What a great little sensory bin/small world! I might need to dig out some of our egg cartons!

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  5. Such a great sensory bin, & I just love those egg carton figures ♥

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