Tomorrow starts the 24 day countdown to Christmas! Last year I created the Play Your Way to Christmas book, and my family is excited to participate in all the sensory and play activities again. Last year, I loved seeing teachers and families participating. You can get your copy here!
One of the things I loved about creating this was revisiting some of our favorite Christmas stories. If you don't have these stories at home, don't worry! I have read alouds posted below for many of the stories. I am also including the affiliate links if you want to purchase these Christmas books for your home.
Yes, this was my book as a kid! Ever time I crack open that metallic, golden spine I am instantly snuggled up in bed with my little sister. We could always swear we heard jingle bells on Christmas Eve night!
These bring back so many sweet memories. Both of my boys had Angel Dear Lovies. Zaven had this leopard and called it "Spotty." They wash up so well. If you child falls in love with these, do yourself a favor and buy back-ups.
My family may have a problem. We may eat at Chick-fil-A quite a bit. The app just makes it so convenient! We have accumulated a few sets of these Discover Color cards. This is a cute game to throw in your purse for when you are waiting at a restaurant or waiting on a sibling to get finished with practice.
But as I was looking at it today, I thought this would be an easy DIY Letter Sound Game.
What you need:
*Color Cards from Chick-fil-A
Write letters onto the clothespins.
I already had these clothespins created from the snowman activity I made. I prefer to use lowercase letters, because children need practice recognizing these in print. For this set of cards you really only need: f, l, b, c, r, p, t, f.
You can add other letters just to practice letter discrimination.
Ask your child to match the letter to the first sound of the picture.
This is an adorable fine motor and visual spatial recognition game. It is tricky! You draw a card and have to match the color combo by transferring the gelato from cone to cone. It is a race to see who can do it the fastest. Spoiler alert: Zaven is never the fastest :)
This is actually in my gift closet for Quinlan for Christmas THIS year. It is a sequencing game where you race to stack your pancakes like the ones in the card. I like that this incorporates a gross motor concept, too!
Our family goes through phases where we play Skip-Bo or UNO every night. The games can get vicious :) But in all seriousness, we love to play these two. Brickston is now able to play on his own. He is in kindergarten. Before that, the two youngest children would "team up" with a player to help.
We play dominoes at my in-laws. Grammie taught the children early how to play. Dominoes are also fun to line up and build towers with!
Games My Big Kids Love (10 year old-13 year old)
Okay, I cannot tell you a thing about any of the following games. I do know that my big kids love them and enjoy playing with their uncles when we visit. If you have a tween in your life, these are a safe bet!