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Keep the Kids Busy This Christmas Season with a Fine Motor Counting Activity

This Christmas Tree themed busy bag will hopefully help some of that hectic holiday craze that happens this time of year.  Give the kiddos this proprioception powerhouse punching activity and be assured that the kids will be learning, getting out a little holiday wiggles, and you, Mama, can cross off an item from that post-it note.  

Or grab a cup of coffee and just relax for a second.  Both are equally important.

Check out these Christmas Fine Motor Activities for more creative ways to work on fine motor skills and address development of skills this Christmas season. 

Christmas Tree Busy Bag Counting and proprioception activity

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Proprioception Christmas Activity...with a hole punch!

This activity is perfect for an Occupational Therapist's treatment bag in the days leading up to Christmas.  Kids get a little bit excited (right?) and the wiggles and giggles may end up leading to sensory overload.  A proprioception activity like punching holes is perfect to provide heavy work input to the hands and add calming input.  

Using a hole punch provides a gross hand grasp strengthening work to the hands.  This activity is perfect for a Christmas themed warm-up activity before handwriting this season.

Christmas Tree Busy Bag Counting and proprioception activity

Counting Christmas Tree Learning Activity

 A busy bag is intended to keep little hands busy.  And, what does a mom need on occasion for little ones, but busy activities for quiet time.

This Christmas Tree activity is easy to put together.  We used just a few items:
(Watch the blog soon for a scissor skills activity related to this Christmas tree activity!  Coming soon!)
Green Cardstock
Brown Cardstock
Black marker
Hole Punch

To make the Christmas tree counting busy bag:
Cut the Green Cardstock into tree shapes.  Add trunks with the Brown Cardstock .  Glue these in place.  Use the black marker to write a number on each tree trunk.

That's it!  Next, show your child how to name the number on the Christmas tree and then to punch the corresponding number of holes into the branches of the tree.

This activity will help your child with:
Number Identification
One-to-One Correspondence
Gross Hand Grasp
Proprioceptive Input
Direction Following
Problem Solving
Bilateral Hand Coordination
Scissor Skills (See corresponding post, to be published, soon!)
Allowing Mom to cross off one item from her sticky note to-do list


Enjoy this time as your kiddo counts, hole punches, and works on so many skills.  And rest assured that they will be doing a productive activity...and not adding more to that to-do list!

Christmas Tree Busy Bag Counting and proprioception activity

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Looking for more Christmas busy bags?  Try some of these:

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Christmas Tree Counting Fine Motor Activity // Sugar Aunts
Christmas I Spy Bottle // The Pleasantest Thing
Christmas Playdough Kit // Study At Home Mama
Free Gingerbread CVC Game // The Kindergarten Connection
DIY Christmas Tic Tac Toe // Adventures of Adam
Felt Christmas Tree Number Match Up // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Christmas Stocking Matching Activity // Play & Learn Everyday
Christmas Addition to 15 // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Free Christmas Counting Cards // Playdough to Plato
Christmas Stamp Patterns // Still Playing School
Christmas Tree Decorating Felt Busy Bag // Coffee Cups and Crayons

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