And here are the details for each activity:
We love all of the Splat books, so our next story was Merry Christmas Splat by Rob Scotton. After reading Madelynn drew pictures to show what happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story.
Next, we read How to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan. After reading, we talked about all of the ways the kids tried to catch Santa. Then I asked Madelynn if she thought they would work or not. Finally she drew to show what she thought would be the best way to catch Santa. Madelynn said she would lasso Santa, and leave carrots for the reindeer.
Pout Pout Fish Setting:
Our last Christmas book was The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen. Before reading we discussed and defined the setting as the time and place that a story happens. After reading, we talked about each part of the setting and Madelynn drew the time that the story took place (Christmas) and the place (in the ocean.)
Read and Color Tree:
Mitten Sound Stamping:
Santa’s Syllable Sacks:
Christmas Tree Name Craft:
Reindeer Journal Writing:
Christmas Lights Sand Tray:
Christmas Bow Measuring:
This week we had a little fun with measurement. We started out measuring length with nonstandard units. I printed a Christmas bow measuring recording sheet and Madelynn chose an object to measure. After she found the item, she lined up present bows end to end to measure the length of the item, then recorded her answer.
Our next measurement activity had Madelynn exploring weight and using a balance scale. I filled 8 small boxes with objects of various weights. Then Madelynn weighed 2 boxes at a time on the balance scale. On the recording sheet, she circled the present that weighed more then, opened each box to see what was inside.
Capacity is always a fun measurement concept for preschoolers, because they love to fill and dump things. For our Christmas themed capacity exploration I filled our sensory bin with red and green water beads. Then I added various sizes of plastic fillable ornaments, measuring cups and spoons. Madelynn explored capacity by seeing how many water beads fit in each container. I helped her to make predictions and check to see how accurate they were as well.
Four our last math activity of the week we focused on number identification and counting. First, I cut out green triangles and brown rectangles from tissue paper. The I laid them on top of a clear tray and placed a light pad underneath. Madelynn rolled a 1-20 die, identified the number, and counted out the correct number of clear Christmas table scatter for ornaments.
Washi Tape Christmas Trees:This adorable little forest of trees was super easy for madelynn to make, and she loved them because she is always asking to play with my stash of washi tape. First she cut out triangle trees in various sizes. Then she covered each one with strips of washi tape. I helped her to cut off the excess tape.
She cut and glued a brown rectangle to the bottom and added pom pom ornaments.
Christmas Tree Light Box:
This light box was so mesmerizing, it had my girls busy all week long. First I always save any giant boxes we get for projects like this. (You know how kids always want to play with the box right?) This was a box from one of the girls’ car seats.
To make the tree, I laid the box down so the opening was on the side and drew a large triangle on the outside of the box. Then I measured and poked holes with a screwdriver for each light. If you are a little OCD like me and want things all measured out evenly, here were my measurements:
9 inches across at the base and 18 inches tall
I used a string of 60 LED lights.
I started at the base with 10 holes across 1″ apart.
I made the next row 2″ above the first and poked 9 holes, again 1″ apart.
Then I repeated with each row 2″ above the previous one and light holes 1″ apart with one less each time.
After I poked all of the holes I pushed the lights in starting at the top so any extra lights and the plug were at the bottom. Then I added mini 3M hooks for the girls to hang mini ornaments on while playing inside.
I can’t be the only one that loves finding random things in our house to use as stamps right? Well for this easy craft we used a ice cream cone to stamp wreaths all over a sheet of paper. Then Madelynn glued on a few yarn bows and pom pom holly for a pretty little decoration.
We finished off our Christmas theme talking about traditions. We discussed how many families have special ways of celebrating holidays that they do every year. Then we made a fun craft to show our learning.
Finally she drew one family tradition on each ornament and glued them to the tree as well. To add a little extra color she glued a few colorful pom poms on the tree too.