The sights, sounds and smells of Christmas stay with many of us for a lifetime. Perhaps cinnamon in your nasal cavity automatically takes you back to Grandma’s kitchen. Or at the first glimpse of a decorated tree, you’re transported to your childhood living room. For young ones, Christmas can be a season of sensory overload. Integrating five senses activities for preschoolers into holiday preparations is a great way to help prepare them for all that fuss. My Christmas Five Senses Book is a great hands on activity for preschoolers. Use the free printable as is, or use it as a jumping off point for a more personalized version with your own sentences or photos. Have fun this holiday season while exploring an important concept for young children.

Free 5 senses book for preschool get the details Five pictures of the pages in the emergent reader I see the, I hear the, I taste the, I smell the, I feel the

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Materials for Christmas Five Senses Book

  • Red and Green Paper
  • Gingerbread Sticker
  • Present Sticker
  • Candy Cane
  • Twig from Pine Tree
  • Small Jingle Bells
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Hole Punch
  • Ginger Powder

Importance of Exploring the Senses in Preschool Lessons

Learning in preschool is about discovery, curiosity, and exploration. Learning activities should always aim for hands-on and as interactive as possible. Integrating as many senses as possible ensures that learners of all types take something away from the preschool activity, whether it’s math, reading, or art.

Specifically exploring the sense of hearing, taste testing, using our sense of sight, smelling or touching interesting items can contribute to learning in meaningful ways. Five senses crafts for preschoolers help them understand what their amazing bodies can do, from their taste buds to their hair cells and everything in between.

More Five Senses Lessons for Preschool

  • Explore the sense of taste with blind taste testing of common items (peanut butter, juice, banana, etc.)
  • Play with instruments like shakers, drums, or cymbals to explore sound waves
  • Explore the sense of smell with a blind smell test
  • Create a “feely box” with small objects, toys, and shapes to see if children can guess what they find without looking
  • Play “I Spy” anytime/anywhere

How to Make My Christmas Five Senses Book

Materials Needed for the Christmas Emergent Reader:

  • Evergreen clipping
  • Ground ginger (or a holiday-themed essential oil)
  • Presents stickers or cutouts
  • Decorations for the front cover

How to put the book together:

Step 1: First, print the pages on cardstock. Use the free Christmas Five Senses printable below or you can write your own sentences at the bottoms of the pages. 

Step 2: Next, begin assembling pages. In a classroom, you could focus on one page a day for five days. The pages are simple to assemble and require common craft materials that you might have on hand already.

Step 3: “See” the Presents

I used stickers from our Christmas craft supplies. Felt stickers have great texture, but most people don’t feel the presents under a tree to get sensory input. Children are more about seeing all those colorful boxes in various shapes and sizes stacked up beneath the tree.

Extend this page by talking to your child about things they might see on a present, like wrapping paper, a bow, or a tag.

Christmas Five Senses Book page about sight.

Step 4: “Smell” the Gingerbread

I also used a sticker from our craft supplies for the gingerbread page. Foam stickers are really easy to find at craft stores for various seasons. I used a glue stick on the front of the sticker and then sprinkled ginger onto the gingerbread man. Then I attached the sticker to the page.

You could also use a drop of Thieves essential oil, or another holiday oil mix.

Christmas Five Senses printable book page about smell.

Step 5: “Feel” the Evergreen

Hot glue the sprig of evergreen tree to the page. I tried using a glue stick in a rush and it did not work. Stick to hot glue for this one.

Christmas Five Senses book page about touch.

Step 6: “Hear” the Bells

Thread two or three bells onto a pipe cleaner. Smaller bells work the best. Poke two holes near the center of the page and thread the pipe cleaner through to create a small loop to hold the bells. Tape down the ends of the pipe cleaner so that young hands don’t experience that particular sense of touch! Clip off the extra pipe cleaner and save it for the candy cane page and binding.

Christmas five senses book page about sound.

Step 7: “Taste” the Candy Cane

Saving the best for last! Poke two holes in the page, as you did on the bell page, and thread the pipe cleaner through to create a loop to hold the candy cane. I tried simply cutting holes in the page and threading the candy cane through, but it caused the page to bend too much.

Christmas five senses book page about taste.

To assemble, glue the pages back-to-back, so that the bells end up on the back of the book. Otherwise, it could be too bulky and might not close well.

Finally, create loops with small pieces of pipe cleaner and thread through holes in the tops of the pages to make a festive binding.

Enjoy this five senses preschool craft all season long!

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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  1. I stumbled upon you site through a link from Facebook! I’ve gotta say, WOW!! I’ve been teaching K for 20 years and you have some very wonderful things on here! Thanks for the Christmas 5 Senses Book. I very much appreciate it!!! Thanks!!!

    1. Thank you so much, that is so sweet of you to say! Thank you for all of your years of dedication.

  2. What a fun idea! I love that you put in real bells and things for a more interactive book. I’m going to try this with my niece! Thanks for sharing at the Thoughtful Spot!

  3. That book is precious. We might need to do this as a project and have all four of our kids make their own. Thank you! Pinning.

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