We continued our 12 Days of Christmas & our study of the letter C by doing some fun COOKIE and CANDY CANE activities. Unfortunately, the stomach bug hit our household AGAIN, so we didn’t get to all the activities I had planned. I’ve decided that days 11 & 12 will be “make-up” days. 😉
They both decided to share NJoy’s desk to do this together.
NJoy counted the “candy” dots on each cookie then matched it on the number line 1-10 that I drew on a sentence strip. He actually did this activity three times in a row…on his own initiative. So, I guess it was a hit!
For ALuv, I made up these cards. He solved the equations and placed the correct cookie on the number line. To make it self-correcting, I wrote the answer on the back of each card.
You can’t do a cookie theme without making cookies! We added the Christmas M&M’s for some color. Yummy!
Candy Cane Ornaments
Materials: red (or white) pipe cleaners & red/white tri beads (I actually found a kit at a local craft store).
This was NJoy’s introduction to patterns. The way I explained it was the red and white beads need to take turns. So…it’s red’s turn. Now, it’s white’s turn. He caught on very quickly.
ALuv kept his pattern of AABB on his candy cane as well.
And they hung them on our tree.
I cut some into 2 pieces and some into 3 pieces.
Candy Cane ABC Puzzles (from here)
I gave NJoy 6 letters to match. Once he had matched them, I asked him to point to the letters that made certain sounds. In the last 2 weeks, he is beginning to take off with his letter sounds. It’s fun to see.
I gave ALuv 9 different matches and he was to put them in ABC order on the pocket chart. This was a challenge at first because he thought he had the letters in sequence.
Candy Cane Reading
The Legend of the Candy Cane: We only read a portion of the book (the part in the middle where it explains the shape and colors of the candy cane). It’s very hard to read an entire book these days with all three kiddos. MBug wants to sit in my lap (which no longer exists with my belly) so she gets upset and throws a temper tantrum or she wants to turn the pages quickly, distracting NJoy with all the craziness. Poor ALuv is exclaiming, “Read all the words, mommy.” Not exactly relaxing…this too shall pass.
And a Coloring Page on Demand
This girl loves to color and as the boys were working on their candy cane ABC matches, she sat down at her table, pointed to her crayons and asked me to make a coloring sheet for her. I drew up a candy cane and away she went! 🙂
Although we aren’t truly finished with C is for Christmas Trees, Cookies, & Candy Canes, we went ahead and placed a Christmas Tree above NJoy’s Picture Word Wall.
Thank you for joining This Reading Mama on our 12 Days of Christmas!
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