Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Learn your name, Snowman Activities, Winter Crafts & Activities

Name Snowman

Name Snowman is a fun way for kids to learn their names. This activity combines arts and crafts, letters, kids names, and snowman – a perfect winter activity for preschoolers to try.

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What you need

  • White & Black construction paper
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to

  • Make Snowballs – Cut out circles from the white construction paper – one for the face and one circle per letter in your kids name.
  • For the face – Draw eyes, nose and mouth using markers. One things we missed was hat – you could cut hat shapes and decorate it with rhinestones, glitters, pompoms and so on.
  • Write the letters on the snowballs and glue them to make your name snowman.

Miss A(4) knows to spell & write her name now. She wrote the letters in her name on the snowballs and glued the snowman together on a black paper. She dint need any help with writing or ordering the letters.

Miss D(3) wrote the letters in her name with some help, i had to tell her what letters to write and which order to glue them. For even smaller kids you could write it for them and ask them to glue it.Once done we used painters tape to put it up on their playroom wall. They were so proud of their work. πŸ˜€

While doing this activity they learnt the order of letters in their name and also spoke about – how many letters they have in their name, whose name is longer, how many As does your name have and so on.

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Posted in Christmas Crafts & Activities, DIY, DIY Christmas Ornaments, Fine Motor Activity

DIY Jingle Bell Wreath Ornament

I guess we are in full christmas mode right now. We made another ornament yesterday evening. Thats three in a row. Well A insisted we had to do one more and i couldn’t think of a more easy ornament to make than this Jingle Bell Wreath.

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What you need

  • Jingle Bells (we used gold & silver bells)
  • Pipecleaner (we used silver sparkle)

How to

  • Miss A(4) and Miss D(3) threaded the jingle bells to the pipecleaner. It does take some fine motor skills to slide the pipecleaner through the top of the bell.
  • A alternated gold and silver – when done, looked gold on one side and silver on the other). D liked to finish silver first then gold – when done looked half gold and half silver). I liked the way both looked.
  • Leave some space at the ends of the pipecleaner.
  • Once done, bend the pipecleaner to make a circle and twist ends to secure.
  • Make a loop with another pipecleaner and hot glue it to the wreath. You could also use a ribbon or jewellery cord for this.

This looks absolutely beautiful on the tree and my kids loved shaking it to hear the bell sound. Very Christmasy!!

Posted in Christmas Crafts & Activities, DIY, DIY Christmas Ornaments, Fine Motor Activity

DIY Star Ornament – Kids Craft

My LOs enjoyed making some ornaments for our tree last year and i love to see them on the tree this year. Now, they have their own christmas tree and love decorating it. This Star Ornament is perfect for it, super easy to make, looks cute when done and is a great for building fine motor skills.

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What you need

  • Pipecleaner
  • Pony Beads (we used clear ones)
  • Twine

How to

Let your LOs thread the beads onto the pipecleaner. A(4) & D(3) did this patiently. A even counted the number of beads (was totally her idea – guess its the impact of doing similar math activities). Once they were done, i twisted the ends together and bend it into star shape. Then used a hemp cord, made a knot and gave it to them. They happily put it up on their tree.

You could bend the pipecleaner into star shape before you thread the beads for a perfect shape, because it was a lil tricky to get a good shape after. It takes approx. 45 beads and one pipecleaner to make one star ornament.

Posted in Christmas Crafts & Activities, Fine Motor Activity

Hanging Ornaments – Christmas Activities for Kids

We simply love the holiday season. A & D get super excited when they see any decorated Christmas tree. Last year (first time we had a Christmas tree at home) they were in awe with all the ornaments and couldn’t keep their hands off them. They kept taking the ornaments out and moving it all the time.

They do the same now and sometimes they have an disagreement where to place it, pulling them at the same time. This had me fearing they might pull the tree over. So i got them two small porch trees and some dollar store shatterproof ornaments.This was a surprise for the girls. They saw the tree and the ornaments in a tray, after school and were very excited to decorate their trees all by themselves. This is a great fine motor activity and also allows them to express artistically. They take off some ornaments now and then, change positions and so on. They are so happy now and don’t mess much with the big tree.. πŸ˜€I think this might be one of our Christmas traditions, we will be doing at least for the next few years.

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Posted in Christmas Crafts & Activities, Fine Motor Activity

Sticker Christmas Tree – Kids Craft

Sticker Christmas Tree is a simple & cute craft for kids to make this holiday season. This fun activity is great for fine motor skills – hand eye coordination & pincer grasp.

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What you need

  • Green, Black & Brown construction paper
  • Glue
  • Stickers
  • Marker

How to

  • Draw and cut christmas tree from the green construction paper and the trunk from the brown construction paper.
  • We didn’t have brown paper, so coloured the trunk using crayons.
  • Draw zig zag lines on the tree using a marker.
  • Give some holiday stickers to your LOs and let them decorate the tree with stickers along the line. We didn’t have any holiday theme stickers, so went with the princesses – our all time favourite.

This was a quick evening activity for Miss A(4) & Miss D(3) today. The Christmas tree was up in Ds preschool and As school as well and they were so excited about it. Our tree is not up yet and that made them a lil sad. So we made this sticker tree and hung them up for some festive mood.

A did this with so much concentration and followed along the lines all the way from top to bottom. D was a little on and off. She first put a sticker for the star, the hanging ornaments on the edges and one for the trunk. Then put few stickers on the lines. She liked space between the stickers.

Once they were done, they colored the trunk brown using crayons and glued the tree on a black construction paper. Then A added more stickers for the star and hanging ornaments for the edges and D added some more stickers on the line. At this point both their trees looked almost the same. Once they were happy with how their tree looked, I gave them some painters tape to put it up on the wall. They were so happy and excited.

Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Learn Numbers, Math Activity, Shapes & Colors

Dot the Numbers – Preschool Math

Dot the Numbers is a simple math activity for toddlers & preschoolers. It helps develop number recognition, color recognition and fine motor skills. You can customize this activity for any number series you are working with.

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What you need

  • Paper
  • Color coding labels
  • Marker

How to

  • Jumble and write numbers on the paper. Choose 4 to 5 numbers.
  • On the bottom of the paper write the numbers and stick one color label for each.
  • Let your LOs identify each number, say it out loud and stick the appropriate label on it.
  • You can also use “do a dot marker” to dot the numbers.

I presented this activity to Miss D(3) today morning and told her what to do with it. She did two sheets – one with numbers 6-9 and the other with 11-14. She did the 6-9 in a breeze. Named the number, color, pointed out the numbers among the jumble and put the appropriate stickers on them. She finished one number at a time(all 7’s) and then moved on to the next.When it came to 11-14, she needed some help naming the number, then did the rest by herself – pointing & naming the number, color and place the matching stickers on it. She made sure the labels covered the numbers entirely. I could say she was so proud of herself when she was done. πŸ˜€

Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Scissor Skills - Cutting Activity

TP Roll Haircuts – Scissor Skills

TP Roll Haircuts is super easy & fun fine motor activity that i came across on Pinterest. It took less than 5 mins to set up and Miss A(4) & Miss D(3) had lots of fun giving haircuts for their favourite characters.

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What you need

  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Scissors
  • Marker

How to

  • Cut fringes on the empty toilet paper rolls – and draw smiley faces on them using markers.
  • We did minions, smiley faces & minnie mouse.
  • Let your los use scissors and give them a haircut – cut the fringes.

A loved this activity. She styled minnie, minion and smiley man and wanted more – but we didn’t have anymore empty tp rolls.

It was a little hard for D to cut the TP roll, but she didn’t give up. She gave the smiley man and minion a lovely cut.