We’re all about lights this week at #PLAYfulpreschool! Around this time of year, I associate lights with those twinkling on Christmas trees. So this preschool Christmas activity is for sensory and fine motor fun with “lights on the tree.”
Preschool Christmas activity for fine motor and sensory fun
White navy beans
Colorful corn kernels
White styrofoam trees
Related: Christmas Preschool Songs
I like to reuse sensory materials as much as possible, and this bin was no exception. The beans and corn were from a variety of previous sensory bins, and the styrofoam trees were used last year for fine motor activities. It makes me happy to reuse materials! Plus, it’s a great way to show the kids how using their imaginations can transform the same materials into new adventures.
1. Mix up your “Christmas lights” (the beans and the colorful corn) in a bin. If you don’t have colorful corn kernels to use, you can always just stick with the “white lights” (navy beans).
2. Wrap Contact paper around the styrofoam trees, with the sticky side facing out. You might need to use some tape to secure the Contact paper at the bottom of the trees.
3. Add the trees to the bin of “Christmas lights”, then let the children play and explore!
How We Played
Some children added the “lights” to the trees one at a time, which gave their fingers quite a workout! Others figured out that rolling the trees in the beans and corn was a lot faster. A few of my girls enjoyed loading the trees up with the “lights”, then scraping everything off and starting again from scratch.
Of course, there was a lot of pouring using our mini glass pitchers. The kiddos enjoyed running their hands through the materials, then letting everything slip through their fingers. The beans and corn made fun sounds in the glass pitchers, as well as when they fell back into the bin.
Even though the kids had used the beans and corn before, calling them “Christmas lights” added a new dimension to their play. We’re definitely going to have to replace the Contact paper each day, as all of the use is sure to wear off the stickiness!
The children practiced those oh-so-important fine motor skills and explored sensory concepts. They also delved into science, math, and problem solving!
More from the #PLAYfulpreschool crew
For more lights-themed lesson ideas, be sure to see what my preschool partners are up to this week!
Matching ABCs Lights Activity by Mom Inspired Life
abc Christmas Lights by Powerful Mothering
Making Books: Colored Lights by Growing Book by Book
5+ Christmas Lights Math Activities for Preschoolers by LIfe Over C’s
Christmas Lights Activities for Preschool: Pony Bead Counting Sticks by The Preschool Toolbox
Scented Fingerprint Christmas Lights by Learning 2 Walk
Make a Light Bulb Model by Capri + 3
How to Make Shadow Puppets: Play and Learn with Lights by The Educators’ Spin On It