Do your kids love playing with tape? Mine LOVE it! Whether they are using it for projects, hanging up items, or just good old-fashioned play, tape always seem to entertain them. I knew they would both like doing some Christmas crafts with washi tape.
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We started with a basic Christmas tree shape cut out of plain colored paper. I gathered some holiday washi tape and set it the materials out as an invitation to play one morning.
Both tearing and placing the tape are great ways to strengthen fine motor skills. Some children may find tearing the tape a bit challenging. Tomorrow I’ll share another washi tape Christmas craft and how we modified this activity for toddlers.
When we’re doing projects together, I always love the unexpected learning and play that develop. Lovey didn’t just place the tape onto the Christmas tree. As she did, she made up a story and a small village emerged. The first long silver lines of tape became a road and river. The red bridges were placed to help people cross the river. The polka dot tape became houses and special places, and the green lined tapes became parks and trails.
This is a wonderful example of how much critical thinking, vocabulary practice, and fun come from an invitation to play.
Lovey was very proud of her washi tape Christmas tree craft.
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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)
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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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