Saturday, November 26, 2011

Get Ready for the Holiday Countdown!

It's so hard for the little ones to wait for the holidays, especially once it gets to be December! Help them out with a "Count-down Chain"!

Take construction paper in holiday colors and draw some lines for cutting - make them about two inches wide. You will need 25 strips if you're counting until Christmas, starting at the beginning of the month, or one strip for each day left. Choose what holiday and how many days you want to play! Have your children cut on the lines, giving them excellent cutting practice! Turn each strip into a loop with tape or staples, alternating colors, and add new strips by threading through the loop and fastening into another link.

When you are finished, hang your chain up and each morning or evening, take off a link and count "how many days left!" Lots of counting practice for your little ones!

While you're waiting for the holiday to get here, try this - pattern math with decorative bows! Fill a basket with colored bows and make some poster strips with color patterns. Your children can match the strips, see "what comes next" for sequencing practice and form their own patterns with these festive bows!

Have fun!

1 comment:

  1. THis is super cute! What a clever idea! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! See you next week,
    Beth =-)