I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas Sensory Bin

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Why not add some fun to your toddlers life with a new sensory bin. If you are needing some ideas of what to put in a sensory bin then I am so glad you stopped by today!

I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas Sensory Bin

Today Lil’ Red is helping to share our latest sensory bin which goes along with the Christmas carol “I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas”. I was wracking my brain trying to come up with a unique idea for a sensory bin with items we already had around the house and this is what we came up with.

I quickly gathered our supplies:
green glittery tissue paper
plastic hippopotamus and rhinoceros
crocodile squirter
tiny doll borrowed from Princess
tinker toys

I realized that we didn’t have a chimney and the dollar stores didn’t have anything. We came home to find a cheese block box in the recycle bin! Bingo. I found a printable chimney after a quick google search. I shrunk it down and fit 4 on the page to cover all four sides.

I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas Sensory Bin

After the chimney was dry  I presented the sensory bin to Lil’ Red to explore!

I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas Sensory Bin

He didn’t like the items in the bin so we dumped them out onto his table. He had lots of fun with the tinker toys.

I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas Sensory Bin


Maybe you have never heard I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas before. Then check out this Youtube video: https://youtu.be/2Dec9Jb_Ac4

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If you love Christmas Carols and want more ideas of sensory bins or small world play then check out the Christmas Carol Sensory Bin Blog Hop hosted by Sugar Aunts.

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5 Responses to I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas Sensory Bin

  1. Victoria says:

    What a great little activity! And an interesting carol too-I had never heard it before!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this, I’d never heard of this Christmas tune before, such a great song & your sensory bin is the perfect accompaniment ♥
    Catherine – Sun Hats & Wellie Boots recently posted..“Walking in a Winter Wonderland” – Small World Play SceneMy Profile

  3. Thaleia says:

    It might be a USA song, lol. It’s been around for less then 100 years so in carol time it’s a young carol.

  4. Colleen says:

    My kids love this song! What a fun way to play this season!
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  5. Mihaela says:

    Name of this song made me laugh! 🙂 Great activity to play along!
    Mihaela recently posted..Oats Sensory BinMy Profile

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