We took it slow and easy today. The buddies who join us were a bit sick, and Tinker was a little worn out from our exciting weekend. And although I know I can’t express it well in words, I have a heavy heart and am just reflecting a lot right now. There was a lot of lounging, snuggling, movie time, and quiet play today.
This simple ribbon Christmas tree craft was a perfect compliment to our day. We are making ribbon trees that will be on the front of a few holiday cards that the kids will finish on Wednesday. I cut the ribbons in 1/2 inch increments. Then the kids got a little math practice as they put them in order from longest to shortest starting at the bottom. We also incorporated a little science by talking about the properties of the ribbons. Some are smooth. Others are bumpy. Some are sparkly, and some are dull. The kids are hearing and using a lot of wonderful vocabulary along the way.
We started this morning and every now and then the kids came over to make a new tree. We made as many as they felt like throughout the day, and I am sure the kids will love adding their own drawings and stickers to the inside of the cards later this week.
Ribbon Christmas Tree Craft
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Check out these links for more ribbon Christmas tree inspiration.
Joyfully Weary gives a great description of the math learning that goes along with this craft.
The craft at Mrs. Lee’s Kindergarten incorporates dot painting white snow with Q-tips.
What Christmas tree crafts are you doing this year?
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1) Beginning Letters Gift Sorting Game (in color and b/w)
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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)
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7) Ornament Play Dough Mats
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