Last year Charley was just five months old at Christmas. We found some ways to celebrate with her (see this post), but this year there are a lot more things we can do! It’s amazing how much they grow and change in just a year. Here are some tray works we have been exploring this week.
Paper Straw DropThis is a favorite activity for Charley and you may remember it from this Halloween post. This time I made the straws smaller and added a festive Merry Christmas sticker to the lid.
Pom Pom Push BoxI bought this small cardboard box from Michaels, some Christmas pom poms and paint to make this push box. First I used a pencil to draw a tree on the box. Then I used the tip of pliers to punch holes into the lid. I then used the end of a Sharpie to make the holes the size needed and nice and round. It was super easy to do. Then I used green and brown acrylic paint to paint on the tree. Charlotte puts all the pom poms into the holes, signs and says “more” and does it again and again. She really likes the glitter pom poms and kisses them. This activity was inspired by this post and this post.
Jingle Bell Spoon Scooping & Transferring When I set this up for Charlotte she was immediately drawn to it – she loves spoons and jingle bells. I modeled what to do and she tried it out. I wasn’t sure if she could do it yet, but she mastered it fairly quickly. It also took some problem solving when the jingle bells would get stuck on the spoon. She worked on this with a lot of concentration for a long time. Inspired by this post at The Kavanaugh Report.
Stocking Stuffing with Jingle BellsThis was another activity I saw at The Kavanaugh Report. Charlotte was engaged by this much longer than I anticipated. The felt stocking and the jingle bells would stick together causing this to be a bit of a challenge for her – in a good way. She worked really hard to get the bells into the stocking and back out.