December is here and we have started some Christmas activities! Our house will be transformed this weekend, for now we are easing into the Christmas spirit.
I am trying to be organised this year! We have made our own wrapping paper and gift tags…
I was surprised how eager the boys were to do the ‘paint walk’. They loved the squishy feeling between their toes and walked back and forth for quite some time! We used star cookie cutters as paint stamps as well.
Next we began our Advent Calendar for this year. On each day there is a ‘good deed’ to do for someone else. Some are simple, such as holding open the door for someone, others involve more time like today’s…bake a treat to take to your teacher tomorrow.
A very simple setup for the light panel – laminated cellophane to decorate.
Next we made green, sparkly, peppermint fragranced play dough. This activity has been a hit with all three boys (ages 2, 4 and 7). They have made and remade their Christmas tree cookies, decorated with rhinestones and cooked in their play kitchen for Daddy when he comes home. This activity has been visited multiple times a day for 6 days now. This is the first time I have left a play dough activity set up and it has been a huge success.
A little bit of literacy…Me Too matched the word Santa (it was cut into jigsaw pieces, you can’t see in this photo) and then matched with our Montessori alphabet. He is getting very good at identifying the sounds in words now and beginning to apply this to reading.
Finally, this one is tricky to photograph. It is kinetic sand on the light panel with gingerbread men cookie cutters and matchsticks. The matchsticks are to create holes for eyes, buttons etc for the light to come through. Kinetic sand on the light panel is a first for us, I anticipate investigations about how the light shines through holes in the sand, thick and thin sand, etc.
This will be the first of a series of Christmas posts, I look forward to sharing ideas!