I absolutely love using my collection of gingerbread themed books in the classroom, but my favourite one for retelling in kindergarten is the classic "Gingerbread Man" story.
Rice is a really great sensory bin filler, often one of my go-to's. Below are two different ways I used them in Christmas themed bins. The first one is an "I Spy" bin, since this particular year my students were really into that book series. I left the rice plain but added in Christmas fillers like ornaments and confetti to make it look festive. Under the rice I had hidden other objects like candy canes, nutcrackers, bells etc for the students to find - and had recording sheets nearby for them to draw and list what they found. The second bin had white rice, as well as rice that I dyed red and green. To add a multi-sensory element, I added a few drops of peppermint extract as I dyed it - to give it a candy cane feel. I added in some wooden Christmas blocks and a few ornaments, but otherwise left it quite open-ended, as that's what my group of students at the time needed.
|Arctic animals bin|
|Snowmen at Night|