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!!

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DIY Popsicle Stick Reindeer Ornament

My LOs favourite song this season is Reindeer Hokey Pokey(A’s class performed for this in school winter assembly this Tuesday) & Rudolph the Red Nose reindeer. They sing this everyday and have to watch it atleast once before bedtime. So, we decided to make a reindeer craft last evening. This Reindeer Ornament is easy to make – takes less than 5 mins and kids love it.

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What you need

  • 3 popsicle sticks
  • 2 googly eyes
  • 1 red pompom
  • Ribbon
  • Glue

How to

  • Glue 2 popsicle sticks together at one end to make a V.
  • Glue the third popsicle stick perpendicular to the V shape about one inch from the ends.
  • Glue the red pompom on the end of the triangle – reindeers nose.
  • Glue two googly eyes to either side of the craft sticks forming the reindeer’s face.
  • Cut a small piece of ribbon or jewellery thread, form a loop, and glue to the back of the craft sticks to hang the ornament.

Miss A(4) & Miss D(3) loved making this ornament. I showed them where to glue the sticks, pompoms and eyes and they did it all by themselves. I let it dry overnight and the girls put it up on their tree before they left for school this morning. 😀

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.

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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.. 😀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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DIY Busy Book – No Sew

My first no sew busy book for my LOs completed in 2 days. Let me know what you think.

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Front Page

Watermelon Page

Colour Matching – Flowers & Arrows

Puzzle Page

Fractions Page

Shapes Matching Page

Weaving Page – could have been better

Numbers & Counting Page

Traffic Lights Page

Tangram Page

Rainbow Caterpillar Page

Last Page – with storage pouch

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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. 😀