December is due to be an unprecedented month for us thanks to our first big family vacation! So, we know school is going to take a necessary backseat. I am spending some time making some activities for E to do while traveling — more on those soon!
With a bunch of Christmas and winter-related activities already printed, we opted to break them up a bit. This week we are doing a strict “Christmas Trees” theme. Later this month, during the craziness, we are going to casually do other “Christmas Symbols” like wreaths, candy canes, presents and such. Finally, later in January we are going to incorporate the winter activities in a “Snow/Water/Ice” theme!
The printables below are from the wonderful Christmas Trees printable pack from A Teaching Mommy. Thank you so much!
So onto the Christmas trees — 11 Christmas trees tot trays and activities that celebrate the season!
- How Many Lights reader
- Foam Tree Craft
- Tree Stamping
- Tree Lacing
- Tree Tracing
- Pouring into Tree Tray
- Tree Puzzle
- Tree and Ornaments Shape Matching
- Simple Sticker Activity
- Magnetic Tree
- Play Dough Tree and Beads
- This easy reader is from the Christmas Emergent Reader Set (thank you!)
- I printed this in B&W, trimmed and stapled
- Gave him a bunch of colored pencils to color his own book!
- This is a basic craft kit from Oriental Trading (we had several leftover from last year!)
- We gave him the two tree pieces and several sheets of foam stickers.
- E had to help E with the stickers, they are hard to remove!)
- This is a simple Christmas Tree stamp again from Oriental Trading
- For some guidance, I created a grid of squares in Word, then printed and trimmed this to fit in a small container.
- Stamp on to each square!
- First the tree: this is a plastic one from one of those peg games!
- Rather than use pegs, I gave him a shoestring to pull through the holes!
- Using Publisher as usual, I created my typical half sheet for tracing.
- Read, Trace, then Write the word “TREE” on your own!
- Found a use for this Christmas tree silicone pan (it is super cute – but horrible to clean!)
- I marked each of the 6 spots with a sticker between 1 and 6
- Gave him some dried yellow lentils, and a small scoop
- Put the right number of scoops in each section!
- This is from the Christmas Trees printable pack — thank you!
- I cut the ornament puzzle parts in to strips and gave to him to glue on the black and white chart.
- This is from the Christmas Trees printable pack – thank you!
- I printed in color then trimmed down the sets and E is to match them by shape!
- This is simply a sheet of Christmas tree stickers (and some other items) and a thick piece of silver cardstock to stick them to!
- Based this off Playdough and Pony Bead Christmas Trees — thank you!
- Gave him an old mix of green and pink dough
- Also added a Christmas tree cookie cutter, beads to decorate, scissors and rolling pin
- Printed the Christmas tree from the Christmas Trees printable pack — thanks!
- Put the tree up on our ‘magnet wall’ (aka side of filing cabinet)
- Put a bunch of Officemate Magnets with the tree to “decorate” it!
A slightly more specific theme of Christmas Trees tot trays was a good one! It was easy to emphasize trees, whether visiting a tree farm, looking at trees outside our house, or simply seeing decorated trees at Lowes!
I was glad that I remembered the silicone tree tray I had — I have never liked baking with it (too hard to clean!) but I would have felt bad if I had forgotten about it. Maybe this year I will get to work on that “homeschool supply database” I thought about last year….!
For more Christmas and winter-inspired learning and fun, check out: Simple Christmas Tot School Theme Ideas, Smart Kindergarten Holiday Gifts, Practical Preschool Presents, Little Kids Christmas DVDs, 13 Christmas Preschool Trays, 6 Easy Christmas Tot Trays, and 11 Water, Ice and Snow Winter Preschool Trays!
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