Multisensory Holiday


We have put together a compilation of sensory activities that are sure to be a hit around the holidays. Our fun and engaging multisensory holiday collection is meant to enhance the Orton Gillingham lesson. Who wouldn’t love the delicious smells of gingerbread or sugar cookies, and if they can inspire learning at the same time, it is a win-win for both teacher and student.


Christmas Tree Sensory Writing Tray:

Create a Christmas tree sensory writing tray to encourage mark making, early letter formation and sight word learning! A perfect sensory, early literacy experience for different stages of learning with a Christmas activity theme. Head on over to The Imagination Tree to learn how to make this multisensory holiday tray.



Gingerbread Salt Tray:

Use the salt tray for…

  • practicing handwriting or cursive writing skills
  • pre-writing strokes for toddlers and young preschoolers
  • spelling words for older kids
  • sight words for new readers
  • a sensory play tray with scoops or little cars or animal toys

The delicious smelling gingerbread spices and the texture of the salt make this a great sensory writing experience. Creekside Learning has the perfect recipe for this multisensory holiday tray.


Moldable Play Snow:

Making moldable snow is very easy and takes just a couple of minutes to transform 2 ingredients into a light, fluffy, and cold to-the-touch play snow. I think the students will enjoy watching the transformation. They can then use their “snow” to form letters & patterns during their Orton Gillingham lesson (& of course a snowman if time permits 🙂 ). To snatch the recipe for this amazing & fun multisensory holiday snow, head on over to OGOA’s Moldable Snow recipe.


Sugar Cookie Sand Tray:

How about the smells of delicious sugar cookies and the sight of colorful sprinkles as you are learning to read? This is exactly what Danielle at Mom Inspired Life created for her children & students. She has engaged many of the senses with her sugar cookie sensory tray and has even created some fun and FREE sugar cookie alphabet cards to go with the activity that you can download from her website! She has uppercase and lowercase letters as well as blank cookies so that you can work on numbers, shapes and more! You must check out Danielle’s recipe and free downloads at her Mom Inspired Life website.

Sensory Play with Colorful Rice:

Benefits of Sensory Play:

  • Builds fine motor skills
  • Allows for a child to be creative, imaginative, and explorative
  • Increases attention and student engagement
  • Builds social skills and turn-taking
  • Enhances language development

Our sensory play with colorful rice has a Christmas touch… just a hint of pastel red & green rice will work its magic in any Orton Gillingham lesson, but especially during the holiday season. Multisensory holiday rice anyone? Head on over to OGOA’s Sensory Play with Colorful Rice post for the recipe.


I hope I have tantalized your senses and inspired you to create multisensory magic for your students this Christmas season.


Keep doing what you are doing because the world needs what only you have to offer!



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