I know, I know, it’s almost Christmas! Just a few days left! I hope you’re all having a lovely time preparing (not too much stress and all). I have been slacking a bit on showing you guys everything on our shelves lately. This week, I put up the last of our holiday themed works together. I have to admit though that I am really, really, reaaaally glad that the holidays are almost done so that I can get some new themes together. I’m getting a bit bored. My son isn’t too bored with it yet, but I know I wouldn’t be able to get another week’s worth of fun holiday works set up.
So, for those of you who’s kids are home from school now, or if you’re looking for a few last minute quiet activities for your preschoolers, this post is for you! I tried to keep these mostly Montessori (as per usual), but end up just going with the supplies/items/ideas that come to me in the moment. These were all easy to set up and a few were Christmas themed busy bag items from last year!
Christmas activities for toddlers and preschoolers
A very simple fine motor work, but Mr. Toddler just loves clothes pins! It’s a simple work to set up with items you probably already have! It’s Christmas-y because of the bucket. Seeee:
This buttoning ‘snake’ work came from a few busy bag activities I created last year! I was really glad to find them because Mr. Toddler has just been breezing through his shelves! It’s also perfectly timed because he is always trying to get buttons buttoned and unbuttened and buttoned again.
It’s a very easy DIY using some felt, ribbon, a button, and a hot glue gun! It took about 15 minutes to make last year and definitely has been a hit this year! He still can’t button very well though, but this work is a great way to practice!
Mr. Toddler had a blast with this work. He had to sort the pine cones and ornaments (plastic) into the jars. He could also sort them by colour if he choose, but did it only based on object. I called it a practical life work as he got to practice using a spoon, as well. I always struggle to categorize these, but using a spoon so it doubles as a sort of spooning work.
This work was absolutely the biggest success on our shelves! Mr. Toddler goes for it first every time we go to work. I’ve already swapped the manipulatives we’ve used a few times!
We worked on our numbers mat again! We used reindeer stickers as manipulatives, or at least I intended to do it that way. Mr. Toddler preferred to just count the ‘tires’ (circles) I placed on the frames for him. He’s sometimes able to figure out numbers. When we count together, he can get the next number about half the time (1-8). Otherwise, all numbers are 3, 7, or now 5. Regardless of how accurate he is, this work was his second favourite.
This next one was also a favourite! Mr. Toddler simply practiced some 1 to 1 correspondence by placing these wrapped Styrofoam boxes into a muffin tin. Except it turned into a fine motor work as he wanted to unwrap each of them to discover all of the ‘cubes’ inside. I was simply impressed he knew they were cubes. So I let him. Then he tried re-wrapping.
Another work from our busy bag activities from last year – matching felt gifts. He was more interested in taking the gifts in and out of the bag.
Another sorting work! We’ve been loving math around here, what can I say. I simply used stickers, two bowls, and our new homemade sorting tray! Mr. Toddler wasn’t fooled though, and asked for paper. I gave him 2 pieces, and he’s been diligently working on sorting the stickers onto the paper. Again, it’s fantastic fine motor practice!
Psst! I’ll share more about our homemade Montessori trays in another post.
Here’s one that I thought would be his favourite as it included those glass jars he’s been loving, as well as materials he chose himself! The idea was that he could sort by colour into the glass jars, but he hasn’t been that into it, much to my surprise.
And that’s it folks! Happy Holidays everyone!
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