Well we are well & truly in the midst of Christmas celebrations! Last week I shared a few Christmas Printables, as I had no time to do anything with the photos taken of all our activities. I said I’d share them this week & next, along with any new photos taken, so here are some of them along with this week’s antics…
… in a picnic basket…
Numeral Recognition & Counting
Last year I used these trees on the Finger Gym (you can see a larger image here), this year I’ve used them in the maths area with numbers & dice. The children were asked to roll the dice & then decorate the trees with the corresponding amount of ‘decorations’…
Such a simple activity, with the opportunity to talk about size, colour, shape etc…
We also did this last year. A great opportunity to talk about reflection too…
We used a blank board game from Early Excellence to make up our own board games with Christmas pieces (a directed activity)…
Which Father Christmas will be the first to wake his reindeer?
Who will be the first to collect their presents?
How many presents can Father Christmas collect?
Sensory Exploration and Counting
The boys especially loved this & spent a long time in the area…
Building with Boxes
These boxes get used for all sorts of things over this period, but we haven’t built with them before. The girls really loved this…
Balancing numbered baubles, beads and nuggets on golf tees…
For some, there was the added challenge of ordering & balancing the numbered baubles. Very tricky indeed!
This was not the idea, but it made me smile & I was pleased with the fine motor skills needed to ‘open’ the thread & place it over the golf tee…
I punched holes in a few cards saved from last year to make some threading cards…
Tweezers and Gift Bows
Sparkly glittery water with gel numbers & nets…
Play Dough Fun
I got this idea (& the lightbox Christmas tree below) from An Idea on Tuesday. The children enjoyed creating reindeers…
… and other things…
Christmas Tree Dough
Decorating the Tree
Here’s the tree I mentioned above. A laminated tree with counters, jewels & play dough cutters.
The smaller of laminated cellophane shapes I made for our Aliens, Robots & Monsters fun migrated their way over from the OHP too…
… for a certain person…
…with sequins, tweezers & wands. It was super tricky to release the stars from the foam, which was great for encouraging a pincer grip…
… exploring, discussing, sorting, counting, enjoying!
More to come next week! 😉
Thanks for reading!
– Rachel (“,)