Sunday, December 14, 2014

10 Fun and Easy Christmas Activities

Books, Crafts, and Activities for Toddlers and Preschool

The faster Christmas is approaching, the more fun and exciting are activities with family and friends. I want to share our collection of 10 kids' events we had. They include Christmas children's books, arts and crafts, games, cooking, and hands-on learning in a process of getting all the fun.

Christmas Holiday Cookies: Decorate and Enjoy. "The Mitten" by Jan Brett. The wonderful artwork of the book has inspired us to decorate our Christmas cookies. My Firefly tried to copy my work and play with colors of the icing.

Christmas Sensory Bin. I included the tongs and different jars for transferring and pouring practice - great for fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination... and developing pretend playing. We helped animals move around while discussing what each of them likes to do. Well, the penguin pom-poms mainly liked to be peeled and ripped apart.

Birds, Beans, and Play Dough Ornament. "Bring On the Birds" by Susan Stockdale. Kids practiced making a play dough ball first. Then they decorated each bird with the beans or pasta from the tray.

Kiss under the Mistletoe. A little mistletoe left shining in the sun on the snow. My Firefly chose the colors of the snow that she thought might be seen when the sun is shining. We had fun hand printing and stamping.

No-Glue Musical Reindeer. Frozen: "A New Reindeer Friend". The kids loved their newly made reindeer: how he nods his head, the fun antlers and a soft tail, and  dancing with the merry jingling animal.

Bunny and Puppy Ornament and Play. "Quiet Bunny and Noisy Puppy" by Lisa McCue. We made silly faces and animals from the scraps of felt and all the supplies at hand. Each animal has its own "house" - low case b and d letters we needed to review.

Story Telling Ornament. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" by Dr. Seuss. We collected different beads we had to create a Christmas ornament that can tell a story.

Bear Cave Christmas Ornament. "Bear Stays Up for Christmas" by Karma Wilson. She got a thin stick, a decorated sparkly stick, a chenille stem, and some tinsel - a great opportunity to explore thick and thin, and how easy it is to cut different materials.

The Mitten Activities and a Sensory Bin. "The Mitten" by Jan Brett. Invitation to Explore: Mittens and Gloves. Pretend Play: Together in the mitten.

Elf on the Shelf - Part I. The quiet arrival. Tricks in the bathroom. Dancing and playing snowballs. A party with friends.
Quick and Easy Elf - Part II. Elf shares candies. Elf is into mischief. He got touched - is he sick? TPing a spare bedroom. The romantic vacation.
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