Keep the Kids Busy This Christmas Season with a Fine Motor Counting Activity
Ooooh, the To-Do lists. This time of year, they. do. not. end.
You've got shopping lists, school plays, cute Pinterest-worthy snacks to make,
(Actually, cross out that one. It's the first thing to go when there are 23 to-do's squished on a post-it note.), home decorations, work parties, holiday photos, gifts to wrap, "oh-no-head-smack-we're-out-of-tape" shopping runs, and cookies to make.
Add the Christmas to-do lists to the laundry, groceries, overdue library books, work, school, karate practice, and regular day-to-day business.
It can make a mama crazy!
This Christmas Tree themed busy bag will hopefully help some of that hectic holiday craze that happens this time of year. Give the kiddos this proprioception powerhouse punching activity and be assured that the kids will be learning, getting out a little holiday wiggles, and you, Mama, can cross off an item from that post-it note.
Or grab a cup of coffee and just relax for a second. Both are equally important.
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Proprioception Christmas Activity...with a hole punch!
This activity is perfect for an Occupational Therapist's treatment bag in the days leading up to Christmas. Kids get a little bit excited (right?) and the wiggles and giggles may end up leading to sensory overload. A proprioception activity like punching holes is perfect to provide heavy work input to the hands and add calming input.
Using a hole punch provides a gross hand grasp strengthening work to the hands. This activity is perfect for a Christmas themed warm-up activity before handwriting this season.
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Counting Christmas Tree Learning ActivityA busy bag is intended to keep little hands busy. And, what does a mom need on occasion for little ones, but busy activities for quiet time.
This Christmas Tree activity is easy to put together. We used just a few items:
(Watch the blog soon for a scissor skills activity related to this Christmas tree activity! Coming soon!)
To make the Christmas tree counting busy bag:
Cut the Green Cardstock into tree shapes. Add trunks with the Brown Cardstock . Glue these in place. Use the black marker to write a number on each tree trunk.
That's it! Next, show your child how to name the number on the Christmas tree and then to punch the corresponding number of holes into the branches of the tree.
This activity will help your child with:
Gross Hand Grasp
Bilateral Hand Coordination
Scissor Skills (See corresponding post, to be published, soon!)
Allowing Mom to cross off one item from her sticky note to-do list
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Enjoy this time as your kiddo counts, hole punches, and works on so many skills. And rest assured that they will be doing a productive activity...and not adding more to that to-do list!
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Looking for more Christmas busy bags? Try some of these:
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Christmas Tree Counting Fine Motor Activity // Sugar Aunts
Fine Motor and Color Sorting Christmas Trees // Teach Me Mommy
Christmas I Spy Bottle // The Pleasantest Thing
Christmas Tree Counting Number Cards // Modern Preschool
Christmas Playdough Kit // Study At Home Mama
Reusable Pom Pom Christmas Tree Busy Bag // Powerful Mothering
Free Printable Christmas Games // Life Over Cs
Free Gingerbread CVC Game // The Kindergarten Connection
DIY Christmas Tic Tac Toe // Adventures of Adam
Free Christmas Number Clip Cards // Fairy Poppins
Free Christmas Themed Prewriting Practice Cards // Stay At Home Educator
Felt Christmas Tree Number Match Up // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Christmas Stocking Matching Activity // Play & Learn Everyday
Free Printable Holiday Word Clouds // Lalymom
Christmas Addition to 15 // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Free Christmas Counting Cards // Playdough to Plato
Christmas Stamp Patterns // Still Playing School
Christmas Tree Decorating Felt Busy Bag // Coffee Cups and Crayons