December Sensory Processing Activities | The OT Toolbox

December Sensory Processing Activities

These December Sensory Processing Activities are designed to provide sensory opportunities, Christmas themed sensory prompts, accommodations to holiday activities, and sensory challenges with a Christmas and winter theme.  For more Christmas themed developmental activities for Occupational Therapists, parents, and teachers, grab try this free Christmas Occupational Therapy activities printable calendar.

December Sensory Processing Activities

December is a time of holiday fun, hustle, and bustle.  Families have added activities, winter parties, and distant family to visit.  This time of year brings with it unusual holiday songs and bells, lights, different foods to smell and taste, and crowded stores.  For the child with sensory processing concerns, it can be a very difficult time.  For the family of these children, the added sensory overload and holiday rush turns downright debilitating. 

The time leading up to Christmas can be a month-long time of sensory overload for children with sensory issues.  It can be confusing for sensory systems!  The overwhelming feelings of sensory uncertainty can add a whole new meaning to holiday stress.  This time of year, when even the most intentional parents and teachers can still cause over-stimulation or under-stimulation to the child who is already struggling with sensory issues. 

There can be a need for additional calming sensory input or changes to sensory diet, additional modifications, and added sensory down-time.  

Each of the sensory systems are addressed in the 31 sensory activities.

Consider adding some of these sensory challenges and modifications this time of year.


Add these activities to your therapy plans this month.  The activity list is perfect for passing on to parents as a home program.  Parents and teachers can use these activities as part of an individualized plan that meets the child’s needs. 

The activities are outlined in an easy to follow therapy plan, however as parents and therapists know, a day that involves children does not always go as planned.  The activities can be shifted around to suit the needs of the child and the family.  

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