Five Card Board Craft you should do with your toddler this Christmas

So after snow we wanted to do some decorations and get Christmas ready.If you have not checked the snow recipe yet I highly recommend you check that Christmas Activity : DIY Play snow

Usually every year we decorate a small tree as a part of our Christmas decorations but this year I wanted it to be little more as I have a little helper.And wanted to keep it easy enough for N so that he would enjoy it.

I kept the craft very basic and easy because more than beautiful and finished decorations it should be easy for a two year old.And very importantly I wanted it to be a best out of waste project.So that instead of buying a fake plastic tree we can use the waste and be eco friendly.

So lets get started


Materials required

Carton/Cardboard

knife

Glue

Googly eyes

some decorative sequence or stars

pom pom

Colours (acrylic/water any colour would do)

Empty toilet/ kitchen towel roll

Double sided tape

 

Ginger Bread Man 


Take an empty carton and cut it in the shape of ginger bread man.


Paste the eyes

Apply glue all over or

And decorate it with applying glue on the sequence, stars or any decorative item you come across the stationery store.


Tip- Apply some glue but let your toddler apply glue stick on the decorative items again.Glue stick wasn’t that effective on the sticking part hence applying glue (fevicol all over is advised)

 

Rudolf The reindeer


Put your hands on the card board and draw your hands, cut it with the help of knife.Your hands are the horns  of reindeer.

Paint both the horns and the toilet roll brown in colour or else you can leave colouring as toilet roll and cardboard both are brown in colour.


Paste the eyes

Use a double sided tape to stick the horns and

Use a red pom pom stick it with double sided tape.

Your Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer is ready


 

Wreath


Cut the cardboard in a circle I have used a plate to draw the circle as I don’t have a compass.Waiting for N to grow to bring back my school time memories of compass and Protractor.Gosh ! I have even forgotten the names of my geometry instruments. Anyways,Make a bigger circle and draw a smaller circle inside it. Cut it to get the base of the wreath.


Again apply the glue all over and let the toddler stick the pom pom all over it.N enjoyed sticking pom pom and when he was bored which honestly was just towards the end I did the finishing.

 

Star


No matter what I do I find it difficult to draw a star , so I simply draw two over lapping triangle to get my star.Did the same here and mad the cut in the centre to give it a more starry appearance.

Colour it with any colour of your choice.


Decorate it with sequence.

 

Christmas Tree

So this one is our first Christmas tree of this season yes we have planned few more and hopefully we would be able to do it.


Cut the cardboard in the shape of a Christmas tree and colour it green.Let your toddler colour it you can give the last coat to make it presentable.

Cut few shapes like circle, crescent ,triangle as decoration for the tree and a star for the top.


Draw the shapes on the tree and cut the shapes from a different piece of cardboard.Stick velcro with glue gun.


N loves this tree and this is his shapes tree.

 


While doing the craft you can tell the various stories associated with it and about Christmas and the joy of giving.


 

Colour Themed Montessori Activities

Nirvaan can recognise the four primary colours and has started calling few as well like buuuuu, geeeen and I am yet to catch the words he uses for red and yellow some weird rhyming words.As he can differentiate and recognise the colours the activities we did last week was more of sorting.If you are wondering how to introduce colours to your toddlers you should give this a read before going forward

MONTESSORI SERIES- HOW TO START WITH COLOURS

Now that the introduction phase is over and Nirvaan very well recognises all the four primary colours, sorting came pretty easy for him but attention span for sorting activity remained very low initially and I realised it has to be more fun and different then just one activity.Here are few of the different activities we tried and he enjoyed doing.It helped me in his toy rotation as well as same toy was used for different colour activities.

Colour Tray 


This one is a DIY ,I buy these yogurt cups for Nirvaan and it comes in a tray.These trays we have used for many activities.This time I have simply pasted the foam sheets with double sided tape for colour sorting.

Blocks Train


Got these blocks train from a local toy shop and this so far has been the favourite activity none of the other sorting game has kept Nirvaan busy for this long.He does colour sorting by making the train by stacking the same coloured blocks together  and then loves to play with the blocks or simply plays with the train.Hence some Independent unassisted play makes this my top favourite sorting  activity as well.

Matching Utensils Activity


Matching the toy kitchen utensils with the same coloured lid.It was something I thought he would not be interested in doing but he did it in just few seconds and did it again as well.An easy activity with already existing toys.

Stacking Activity


I have combined two of his existing toys for this activity,I have taken the stacking stand from his wooden circus stack and those rings are the blocks.

Simple activity for colour sorting and stacking both.

Mega Sorting 


I have mixed all his primary coloured blocks in a box and have used the felt sheets for sorting as shown in the picture.This activity was fun for him as he loved so many blocks in a single box and played with the blocks before sorting.Even after sorting he was busy with those blocks in the box.

Hope you guys liked these activities . These are few of the activities that we have done in our learning colour series will be posting more on this soon .

Would love to know if you have some new ideas for colour activities please drop your ideas in the comment below and stay tuned for more of this series.