Dream Snow Sensory Bottle

Dream Snow by Eric Carle is one of our favorite Christmas books. I created a Dream Snow sensory bottle for Lily to explore after reading the book. Sensory bottles are great for toddlers. Although even Aiden, my kindergartner, loved it.

Dream Snow Sensory Bottle

Dream Snow by Eric Carle

Dream Snow is an interesting Christmas story. A farmer has named his animals One, Two, Three, Four, and Five. He also has a tree named, Tree. One evening near Christmas, the farmer falls asleep in his chair. He dreams about snow falling on him and covering him with a white blanket. Each of his animals are also covered with a white blanket of snow. The white blanket is on a clear acetate page. When you flip the acetate, you reveal the animal beneath. When the farmer wakes up, he realizes it has snowed for real. He gets dressed in warm clothes and heads outside exclaiming, “I almost forgot! I almost forgot!” In all the commotion, he wakes up the animals who wonder what is happening. The farmer decorates Tree and shouts, “Merry Christmas to all!” Then, he pushes a button that plays music. The reader can also push a button. If you enjoy the whimsy of other Eric Carle books, you will enjoy this one, too.

Dream Snow Sensory Bottle

Dream Snow Sensory Bottle


  • Clear jar or bottle
  • Water
  • Glycerin
  • Snowflakes
  • Glitter

I chose a small peanut butter jar for our sensory bottle. A clear water bottle would work well, too. Fill the bottle 3/4 full of water and 1/4 full of glycerin. The glycerin will help slow down the snowflakes and glitter. Stir in snowflakes and glitter. Close the jar and shake.

Dream Snow Sensory Bottle

Our peanut butter jar leaks a little when we turn it upside, so be careful if you choose to use one. A water bottle sealed with hot glue may be a better choice.

Dream Snow Sensory Bottle

More Christmas Book Inspired Activities

Check out these Christmas book inspired activities from the co-hosts of the Virtual Book Club for Kids.

Gingerbread Man Collage Craft from Toddler Approved
Pattern Making Gingerbread Garland from Rainy Day Mum

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas ABC Game
 from Growing Book by Book
Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect Pine Branch Ornament from I Can Teach My Child
Watercolor Christmas Trees from 3 Dinosaurs
Munsch-inspired Body Drawings from Study at Home Mama

What’s your favorite children’s Christmas book?



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