Christmas Tree Magnet Ornaments
Creating the Christmas trees is easy to do! I used a piece of felt that you can find at Walmart or a craft store to cut out a tree shape. We use these trees throughout December and January for different Christmas and winter activities.
Gather as many jingle bells or magnetic plastic coins as you can find. Add a magnetic wand to the activity. Magnetic wands always add a fun twist to any activity!
We also used kid-friendly squeezers with this magnetic activity for fine motor practice.
The Christmas trees magnetic ornaments decorating activity can be played by both older and younger preschoolers who no longer put things into their mouths. In my collection of jingle bells, I do have some huge ones. The biggest ones may work best with the littlest preschoolers.
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Decorate the Christmas tree with the jingle bells.
Add a few or add a lot to the tree.
Spread out the jingle bells and don’t let them touch or pile them high in the middle of the tree.
Organize the jingle bells by color or try to make sure that no jingle bells with the same color are near each other.
Try to pick up more than one jingle bell at a time with the kid-friendly squeezers. And then try to only drop one at a time on to the tree.
Using the magnetic wand, pick up all of the jingle bells to clear the tree.
Try to pick up only one jingle bell at a time.
For added fun, pick up all of the jingle bells in one swipe without letting any of the jingle bells fall back on to the tree.
Pick up all of one color jingle bell at a time.
The open-endedness of this activity allows preschoolers to follow your lead for how to play or come up with their own creative ways to decorate the Christmas trees!
This kind of activity seems so simple. But sometimes the simplest activity is exactly what preschoolers need to be playing with and learning from.
The Christmas tree magnet ornaments offers preschoolers the opportunity to explore science and math skills, as well as making predictions, observing cause and effect, and more. This activity also allows preschoolers to interact with friends and engage in conversation.
These are all huge wins with preschoolers.