Today is the last day of the Christmas Play Days series hosted by Play Trains!, Buggy and Buddy, My Nearest and Dearest, Nothing if Not Intentional, Fun-A-Day! and our site. I hope you’ve enjoyed the activities we’ve shared this week. Thank you for following along!
GET A FULL WEEK OF CHRISTMAS THEME ACTIVITIES IN OUR PRINTABLE PRESCHOOL CHRISTMAS LESSON PLANS.
Each month I like to have a few trays or play invitations out that the kids can go back to and play with over and over again. This simple Christmas Tree decorating station is one of our activities for the month of December.
Decorate a Tree Sensory Play
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- Christmas tree shaped tray-we found ours at the Dollar Tree.
- Split peas
- Tinsel Pom Poms
- Red and green buttons
- Holiday confetti
If you are worried about sorting out the materials during clean up time, you can always choose just one item to set out as a decoration for the “tree.” Then the other items could be switched out at different times throughout the week.
Be sure to supervise children closely while using these materials.
Tinker loved examining each items as she placed it on the tree. As she did we talked about the color and texture of the object. Later she began to bury the items and go on a “treasure hunt.” Once she was done we sorted the items by kind and placed them back into their appropriate containers.
Although this is a very easy activity to set up, it invites many opportunities for learning. Some of the concepts we’ve practiced are:
- sensory play
- fine motor skills
- color recognition
Visit the other sites participating in the Christmas Play Days series to find more fun ways to play this holiday season.
GET A FULL SET OF CHRISTMAS THEME ACTIVITIES
The 169-page Christmas Lesson Plan Set includes hands-on activities and these additional printables:
1) Beginning Letters Gift Sorting Game (in color and b/w)
2) Reindeer Math Mats (2 versions in color and b/w)
3) My Christmas Senses Activity Book Making Pieces
4) 0-35 Christmas Number Cards (2 versions in color and b/w)
5) Christmas Counting Syllables Sorting Game (in color and b/w)
6) Christmas Picture-Word Cards (in color and b/w)
7) Ornament Play Dough Mats
8) Candy Cane Play Dough Writing Task Cards (shapes, uppercase letters, lowercase letters, number 0-20)
9) Christmas Light Patterns Activity Pieces (in color and b/w)
Also available on Teachers Pay Teachers.
A little help getting things planned and organized this holiday season? Yes, PLEASE!
From the arrival of fall to Halloween to Thanksgiving and Christmas, the last four months of the year can be a wonderful opportunity for making family memories and spending time together, but they can also be stressful as we try to collect ideas, recipes, and activities to try together.
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