This is the first year the girls have had a special tree in their room, so they are even more excited about new ornaments than usual. During our ornament making advent day, we made a couple of fun and easy new ornaments for the girls to hang on their tree.
These beaded Christmas tree ornaments are great for toddlers and preschoolers. Because they are also quick to make, they would be perfect as a craft station at a class party or group event.
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- Colored craft sticks (I received mine from craftprojectideas.com)
- beaded necklaces (1 per ornament)
- Glue gun
Beforehand use a hot glue gun and form a triangle out of three colored craft sticks.
We have a surplus of beaded necklaces right now. They seem to be multiplying, so we’ve been using them for some craft activity. For these ornaments I snipped the necklace to form one long strand. Then I hot glued one end to a corner of the craft stick triangle.
Tinker held the triangle out and I showed her how to drop the beads down into the middle and pull the strand through. This was like lacing but a bit easier, and she really liked it. Actually she laced it completely through and undid so she could start over three times before she decided she was done with the craft. I might even make her an extra one to use as a toy.
After she was happy with her creation I glued the loose end of the beaded stand to the craft stick. We added a ribbon loop, and she found a space to proudly display her new ornament.
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Explore the symbols and traditions of Christmas and incorporate reading, math, science and more in this 169-page preschool secular Christmas lesson plan set full of fun and playful Christmas learning activities for preschool. Watch this short video to see just a few examples of the types of activities and printables included in this set:
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.
Less stress, more connecting 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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