This post is part of the 15 Days of Montessori for the Holidays series. It is a wonderful multicultural holiday event with activities for children of all ages. Please visit the homepage and check out the other holiday blog posts. Today's part of the series is a collection of 8 Montessori Inspired Christmas Activities for toddlers and preschooler to enjoy!
Decorating the Tree - Fine Motor Work
I purchased a darling tiny tree at the craft store and set up a multicultural tray of decorations for Little Bee to hang on the limbs of the tree. This activity is wonderful for developing the fine motor muscles of the hands. It takes concentration with hand-eye coordination to open the looped string/ribbon on the ornament and then carefully hang it up.
Creating a Metal Inset Christmas Card
Little Bee had not worked with the metal insets before. I showed him how to trace the circle with a pencil. I wasn't sure if he was developmentally coordinated enough to actually draw around the circle himself. He really surprised me when he drew around the circle easily!
Next I placed glue onto the drawn circle and put pom poms with stickers on the tray. Little Bee placed the pom poms onto the glued circle to create a Christmas wreath. He also added several winter stickers to the card. We are making this Christmas card for the grandparents.
Christmas Lights Color Match
This is a fun Christmas lights color matching printable that we enjoyed last year in the post - 10 Montessori Inspired Tot Trays. This year, I decided to use it again, however, instead we used pom poms for the matching work. You can see below that Little Bee mixed up his pink and orange colors, but he self-corrected himself as he continued to match the colors.
Practical Life Work - Pouring Red Beads
Originally I wanted to do a pouring work using cranberries, however, I didn't have time to find the cranberries. So instead, we used red Christmas beads. This pouring practical life activity is one of Little Bee's favorite activities. He will sit for long periods of time pouring the beads back and forth. If you would like a formal lesson on how to introduce dry pouring, please visit - Montessori Practical Life Lesson: Pouring Rice.
Russian Nesting Dolls
Last week, I found these adorable Russian nesting dolls at an international store. I knew Little Bee would love them so much! At first I showed Little Bee how to take each doll out of the bigger doll and line them up in a row. He caught on quickly and soon began to work with the dolls. He was fascinated by how tiny the littlest doll was!
Kid Painted Stick Christmas Tree
Little Bee helped me gather several sticks on our walk around the neighborhood. I broke them into long and short pieces - creating the fir tree design. Next, I hot glued the sticks onto a large popsicle stick. A ribbon could also be added while gluing, so that the fir tree could be hung on the Christmas tree as an ornament. After the gluing was complete, Little Bee painted the tree green.
Snowman Button Transfer
This practical life activity was inspired by PreK + K Sharing blog. This snowman printable is adorable and wonderful for matching, fine motor, and color recognition work. The first thing Little Bee did was match the colored hat with the colors on the snowman. Next Little Bee used the tweezers to transfer the colored buttons to the corresponding snowman.
Threading Bell Ornaments
Little Bee helped thread a yellow pipe cleaner through the loop hole of a bell to make ornaments and bracelet instruments. These are festive musical instruments to hang as a decoration on the Christmas tree. Plus, this activity is awesome fine motor work!
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Photo Credit from the Montessori Messy Blog