Day 6 Montessori-Inspired Christmas Activity: Setting Up The Tree!
Christmas Tree From Cones
This holiday season keep your kid engaged amidst all the festive chaos.Let’s get started…
Christmas tree is an inevitable part of Christmas celebrations. So here is a super quick & simple version of the Christmas tree. Let me quickly take you through the activity.
AGE GROUP – 10 months onwards
- Thick paper sheets (I used an old brochure lying around & tore its pages)
- Green paint
- Paint brushes (optional)
- Stickers of stars (optional)
TIME REQUIRED FOR ACTIVITY PREPARATION – 15 Minutes
HOW & WHAT TO DO
- Form a cone/funnel out of the thick paper. Cut out a circle from the thick paper, cut a triangle wedge out of the circle, bring the cut sides of the circle together and stick the edges. Step by step instructions of forming the cone HERE
- Make several such cones of varied heights & base circumference.
- Give your child a background about Christmas tree. Read HERE
- Give these cones to your child & some green colour.
- Let the child paint these cones with green colour
- After the painting is done, give your baby some stickers to stick on the cones as Christmas decorations.
- Let the child explore with different sizes cones, stack one over the other, play around with the sizes, let it be a free play session after this.
- Geometry/Maths - Learning 3D shape – cone
- Language building – explore & talk about big cone, small cone, tall cone, short cone
- Stacking & balancing skills
- Painting is a skill in itself, it enhances creativity & concentration. It is a great sensorial experience too.
- Stickers help build fine motor skills & concentration
CAN SOME MATERIALS BE REPLACED?
- Instead of store bought paints, you can use edible paints if your child is still mouthing. Curd mixed with edible colours make a nice finger paint
- Paint brush is optional. I gave my son paint brushes but he chose to do finger painting on the cones.
HOW TO TWEAK FOR YOUNGER KIDS
- Use edible paints
- Use puffy/foam stickers that peel easily
HOW TO TWEAK FOR OLDER KIDS
- If they can cut, offer them plastic scissors to complete the cutting act
- After they colour the cone green, offer them other colours for embellishments
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