We are in the middle of our 12 Days of Christmas Fun! These activities are done from 9:30-10:30ish each morning. I start out by reading a Christmas book from our collection (our two favorite this year were: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree & The Legend of the Christmas Tree), then we count down on the pom-pom Christmas tree, and we add an ornament to our Jesse Tree (I’ll post about this soon).
Both boys are doing mostly the same activities. I tried to differentiate my instruction a little bit on a few of these so that all the activities weren’t too easy for ALuv. He still has his regular schoolwork to do each afternoon while MBug and NJoy are resting.
I do have a few activities left over (that we WILL get to-I’ll post about it when we do), but here’s what we’ve done thus far:
Pom-Pom Christmas Trees: I made and laminated these last year. NJoy was enthusiastic at first, but his excitement waned after about 5 minutes. Making Learning Fun has something very similar to this.
I found a harder puzzle that ALuv and I worked together that afternoon.
We did this the same way NJoy did his turkey for Thanksgiving.
Christmas Tree Craft– We decorated pine cones that we picked up at a local park.
Super Easy Christmas Tree Craft
Just in case you’re looking for a simple Christmas tree craft to do that requires very little prep work, try what we did last year. Cut a Christmas tree pattern out of green construction paper. Give your child pieces of Christmas wrapping paper, Christmas cards, pom-poms (really anything crafty you have lying around your house) and let him trim the tree.
I pulled out all our Christmas cookie cutters and they had some fun with Play-Doh. I made my own dough for this activity and sprinkled in some red glitter. And the boys LOVED it. I hadn’t made my own dough since teaching public school!
I also tried to incorporate a little Christmas tree fun into ALuv’s Word Study in the afternoons.
I found these very cute templates. I used the blank 2 word, 3 word, & 4 word Christmas trees and cut my own “trunks”. I laminated everything FIRST, then wrote the letters/words in permanent marker. This way, I can reuse these before the season is out by “erasing” with rubbing alcohol.
He also used his Nerf dart gun to shoot the words written inside the Christmas trees like we did in this post.
Thanks for joining This Reading Mama on our 12 Days of Christmas Fun, 2011!
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