(Alex is 47 months, Max is 27 months)
We only did one day of Tot School this week, but we’ve had a lot going on! Between shopping trips, Christmas baking, and other little things, our time has been filled.
On Wednesday, when Grace was here, we spent some time doing Christmas tree activities. We read the book The Legend of the Christmas Tree. This book is a little complicated for 2 – 4 year olds, but I know for sure that Alex understood these basic concepts:
The tree is a triangle. It has three corners to remind us of the three-in-one God: Father, Son, & Holy Spirit.
The lights on the tree remind us that Jesus is the light of the world.
Alex and Grace did the tree number order puzzle. For some reason, this was very tricky for both of them. They were good until about 7, and then (perhaps their patience wore out…) had trouble getting 8 – 10 in order. We pasted our Christmas trees to construction paper.
We did the shape tree activity. Max, who normally loves matching shapes, just wanted to use all the piece to make a really tall Christmas tree. Grace loved this activity and did it very well. Alex wouldn’t do it. ;)
I printed three copies of the magnet page. The kids took turns using magnets to fill the circles, and then afterwards, they used bingo markers to decorate their trees. Max is absolutely captivated by this activity! I left it on the counter, and he did it several time throughout the day!
Prewriting – following the lines to put the star on the Christmas tree
I’d printed this page for Alex, but Max did it…and did it well! I was SHOCKED!
He was so proud of himself that he did it again and again!
We finished by making edible Christmas trees. Each child got a sugar cone, a small cup of green frosting, a kid-sized knife, and some sprinkles and mini M&Ms. We had some good, sticky fun!
My kids are just LOVING all the crafts and sticky messes we’ve worked on this month!
Perhaps this month is a prime example of why I need to pull out the paints, frosting, sprinkles, and glue a little more often! We hope that you and your little ones are truly enjoying your activities this month, as well :)