Jingle Bell Marble Run Visual Tracking Activity

This Christmas activity was one that happened by accident.  We were playing with our marble run one day recently when the kids started rolling jingle bells across the floor.  Before we knew it, jingle bells were making their way down the marble run.  It may have been a certain preschooler who thought, “Hmmmm. I wonder if a bell could fit through that tube…?”  And, voila! Our jingle bell marble run visual tracking activity was born!  It was a great way to have a little Christmas-y fun while addressing visual tracking skills.

My kids love this jingle bell marble run visual tracking activity for working on fine motor skills and the sills needed for reading and writing!

Jingle Bell Marble Run Activity

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Use these bells in a marble run for a fun visual tracking activity at Christmas!
We used our marble run for this activity.  

It’s actually been used in a lot of non-marble run activities in our house, including using waterbeads on the marble run in the water table and sending goop down a marble run.

This time, we added jingle bells that we received from our pals over at www.craftprojectideas.com.

We simply built a marble run and dropped the bells in! Instant jingly fun!

We lso tried this Christmas marble run activity using small craft pom poms. They were a big hit with my toddler! Use these ones.
Put jingle bells in the marble run for a fun way to work on visual tracking skills.

Visual Tracking Activity with Jingle Bells in the Marble Run

Read more about visual tracking skills and how they are helpful for skills like handwriting and reading in this previous visual perceptual skills post.  

Here is detailed information on saccades and their impact on learning
How fun is this Jingle Bell Marble Run visual tracking activity for Christmas play!
Essentially, following the bell as it rolls along the marble run track is a fun and festive way to help kids work on visual processing skill like the ones needed to track words in a line of text as they read, follow a ball as it’s thrown toward them, or follow a line in a maze.  Visual tracking skills are also required for copying text from a book, completing word search puzzles, and completing tasks like reading.  

Read more about working on visual tracking skills with homemade marble runs here.
Kids love this jingle bell marble run for working on visual tracking activities this time of year, perfect for Christmas season classroom preschool planning!

Christmas Handwriting Activities

Writing out that Christmas wish list is a difficult task that brings out tears instead of holiday excitement.  I’ve got a solution for your kiddo with handwriting difficulties: a packet of modified paper for all of the Christmas handwriting tasks that come up each year.  Use this handwriting pack to help kids who struggle with handwriting to participate in holiday traditions while even working on and developing their handwriting skills!

Working on handwriting with kids this Christmas season? Grab your copy of the Christmas Modified Handwriting Packet. It’s got three types of adapted paper that kids can use to write letters to Santa, Thank You notes, holiday bucket lists and much more…all while working on handwriting skills in a motivating and fun way! Read more about the adapted Christmas Paper here

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