This time of year, many classrooms and care settings help children make small ornaments as a class to send home. Projects range from tree ornaments to handprint replicas, or shareable items like unique greeting cards.
These types of projects, besides being a fun deviation from the norm, help children build important skills! Hand-eye coordination, concentration and fine motor control are among them.
At home this week, we invite you to use jingle bells to add some cheerful sounds to your household while helping your child develop fine motor control. There are many variations, but here’s one way to make jingle bell shakers.
– Jingle bells, the younger the child, the larger the bell
– Pipe cleaners, twine, or wire
– Festive music to shake along to
To get started, place jingle bells in a bowl. Next to it, place pipe cleaners, twine or wire.
Next, invite your child to string the bells! Getting the little hook of the bell onto the pipe cleaner is a task that requires concentration and fine motor skills. Your child will love it!
Twist the pipe cleaner together to make a shaker your child can hold on to, or string your twine or wire somewhere in your house as decoration!
Keep the bells around all year as a musical instrument. Invite your child to shake along to the beat while you listen to music in the car or at home!
What other crafting type activities do you do at home this time of year? Share your ideas in the comments below.
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