Twixmas activities for the littles

so, as a follow on to my ‘relax its Twixmas’ post, I thought I would write a wee blog post about some little effort, fun and stimulating activities for you to enjoy with (or not with) your little.

Here’s what we have been getting up to this week (whilst i’ve been in pyjamas :D):

  1. Card Collages- Use your Christmas cards to create nice collage art or gift tags ready for next year. This is a great idea for letting your wee one practice cutting skills (its really tricky for them so this is create for cutting different shapes/ directions), glueing and getting creative. Skills– cutting, glueing, fine motor skills, design, shape and size. Language to use- remember to talk about the size and shape of cuttings, matching where possible and you could even order by shape or colour.
  2. Chocolate treasure hunt– this is a lovely one I seen on Instagram (@fiveminutemum) and involves getting the kids outside (although could be done indoors) using up all your left over chocolate coins. Dot them about and sit back as you let the kids explore their space, remember to tell them how many so they can count as they go. To up-level this you could add letters onto the back of the coins with a sharpie and then once all collected have the kids see how many words they can make (or sound out the letter sounds for the very littles). Skills- problem solving, outdoor play, team work, sounding out and letter recognition, counting. Language to use– up-level key words like find to search, discover, track and trace. talk about where the coins might have come from, who could have hidden them, what words could be made, are there any new words you could make together? OR sit back and enjoy the 10 minutes downtime during Twixmas??
  3. Play-doh monsters- this is a great activity to use some of the copious amounts of Play doh you probably got. Although it can be messy (if trampled into the carpet) its great for little fingers and lots of laughs. if you have one of those mini wipe clean white board then you can write out a mini success criteria. Obviously if the little is little they cant read it so this could be a nice opportunity to discuss and create this verbally together and even use pictures to draw your success criteria. It’s a great way for your little to remember what they need to be successful in the challenge and develops good habits for future learning. Cut up some pipe cleaners, crack out the bobbly eyes and get out the sequins, you’re creating a monster. See how many monsters you can make. An example- I can add three legs, I can add 4 eyes, I can add 8 stars. Skills– fine motor skills, cutting, counting, following instruction, manipulation, colour, shape, creativity. Language to use- squishy, soft, cold, moist, press, bend, leg, arm, eyes, mouth, push, pull and count.

4. Make some Cards baubles for next year (good gifts for the Grandparents 😉 )- use coloured card and draw around a small bowl to create your template. decant some coloured shapes (i just cut these small from card), sequins, tissues paper and any other left overs you have. Set these out with your glue sticks and scissors (left your wee one cut out some festive images from old Christmas Cards). This was a great one for allowing your self some relax time on the sofa whilst dipping in and out of the activity. Skills- glueing, fine motor skills, cutting, concentration and shape recognition. Language to use– small, large, little, big, left, right, opposite, triangle, square, circle, rectangle, round, flay, colour, sparkle, shiny, bright etc.

5. Toys- Last but not least let the kids crack out all their Christmas toys. I know this sounds obvious but, if you’re anything like me, you might have that extreme need to chase after them tidying as you go. The mass of toys and clutter seems so overwhelming sometimes but they are only young once, I need to remind myself of this constantly. I will always (hopefully) have a house but what I wont have is a home full of laughter, fun and enthusiastic little babes.

Enjoy the festivities and hope you enjoy these short but sweet activities. Feel free to share or sign up below for updates.

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