Christmas Lights Worksheet for Number Tracing

Free Christmas lights number tracing worksheet

Today, we have a fun Christmas lights worksheet for you. But, this printable handout doubles as a number tracing worksheet. The PDF can be printed off, laminated, and used in so many ways to work on number formation or as a Christmas math worksheet during the holiday season. Grab this printable number tracing DF below, but be sure to check out the various ways to use this resource in therapy sessions, the classroom, or home. We’re covering them all!

Free Christmas lights number tracing worksheet to address number formation

Christmas Lights Worksheet

The holidays are upon us!  Like it or not, they are COMING!  What better way to embrace the upcoming season, than incorporating it into lesson plans and therapy sessions?

Check out this informative article from Continental Press on the Benefits of Incorporating Holidays into a classroom or therapy session.  It includes the benefits, how to’s, and some great teaching points.

Some of the key things to remember when planning your holiday themed lesson/therapy plan:

  • Not all learners celebrate the same holidays.  Some do not celebrate at all.  Find out the preference of each learner before presenting holiday specific activities. If you are unsure, go for a “winter theme” instead of holidays, or be well rounded and work on ALL of the holidays if your learner celebrates something.
  • Some schools have strict policies about incorporating holidays such as Christmas into the lesson plan.
  • Adding exciting activities can motivate learners to complete tasks, but it can also raise their arousal level.  Regulate how much excitement you add into the lesson plan each day and watch for signs of dysregulation.
  • If in a public school or secular private school keeping religion out of these lesson plans is not only wise, it is the law.  While many families believe and celebrate Christmas with the story of Christ, school based activities need to be centered around reindeer, holiday lights, snowmen, trees, gifts, and Santa if this is acceptable.

How to use this Christmas Lights Worksheet

This Christmas Lights Number Trace Worksheet can work on multiple skills at once.  This is the key to any activity.  Most students (or the ones we work with) do not like writing activities, therefore making it time efficient, fun, and incorporating multiple goals at once is the key to success.

Other than number tracing, which is obvious, what other skills are built using this Christmas lights worksheet?

  1. Kinesthetic awareness – this is essentially learning by doing. While tracing, the hope is that learners are feeling the movement of the numbers as they are being formed, thus making it easier for them to independently form them.
  2. Fine motor skills – tracing on a line and staying in a designated space helps build the intrinsic hand muscles necessary for good handwriting.  The smaller the picture, the more muscle control is required. 
  3. Coloring – add coloring to this activity to further aid in fine motor development.  This also works on recognizing the borders of the lines, using different colors, making patterns, fine motor control, attention to detail, neatness, prioprioception and countless other skills.
  4. Proprioception – since I mentioned it, let’s talk about it.  Proprioception in this case is going to involve the pressure of holding the writing tool, pressure on the paper, arm and wrist support on the table.  Did you know, increased pressure on paper can cause hand fatigue?
  5. Bilateral coordination – one hand needs to hold the paper while the other traces and colors.  Be sure to remind your learner to use their “helper hand.”
  6. Visual Perception – being able to scan the paper to trace the numbers in order (or any order you provide), perceiving the line to trace and following which direction it is going, and noticing lines and borders for writing/coloring.  
  7. Social skills – talking about the holiday, talking about the picture, sharing crayons to build social interaction, turn taking, following directions, and staying seated with peers all build social skills.

Christmas Math Worksheet

Whew!  That is a lot of skills for one worksheet!  Using this Christmas Math Worksheet you have built on at least seven different skills.  

Just a few more pointers while working on these types of number tracing worksheets:

  • Tracing will build kinesthetic and fine motor skills even if your learner does not know numbers.  This becomes just a tracing task rather than number recognition.
  • To many learners, tracing does not always build their ability to write after tracing letters or numbers.  Some learners see these items as merely symbols, not actual letters or numbers.  No amount of tracing is going to magically make them be able to make these figures if they do not have any meaning.
  • Use multiple methods if working on number recognition or formation such as writing in the air, using different mediums to write, copying from a model, matching numbers, doing number puzzles to name a few examples.
  • Visual perception – always rule out VISION problems before assessing if your learner has difficulty with visual perception.  There are times the learner can not see the work in front of them, or can only see part of it.  

Using a Number Tracing Worksheet in Therapy Sessions

When you use this Christmas lights worksheet to address number formation goals in therapy sessions, you can consider these points on documentation.

How to document about your session:  

“Student participated and was cooperative during 75% of activity.  Learner was able to trace 7/12 numbers within 1/4” of line with R hand using a tripod grasp on large half inch diameter crayon.  Learner demonstrated fair bilateral coordination, needing two reminders to use their helper hand to stabilize paper. Learner was able to color 12/12 shapes with 80% coverage and poor attention to borders, making 3-5 marks outside of each shape.  Learner demonstrated average visual perceptual skills while correctly scanning page left to right and top to bottom 12/12 numbers.  Learner demonstrated fair social skills needing two reminders not to touch peers, and one prompt to ask before taking objects from peers.”

While documenting, it is not necessary to state you are doing a Christmas Number Lights Worksheet.  Documenting progress and skills is most important, or simply stating it is a 123 tracing worksheet will be sufficient.

As you can see, an activity like the christmas lights worksheet is not only fun but FUNctional, which is the OT motto.

For more great Christmas activities check out this blog from Colleen Beck creator of the OT Toolbox:

Free Christmas Lights Number Trace Worksheet

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    Victoria Wood, OTR/L

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    Victoria Wood, OTR/L has been providing Occupational Therapy treatment in pediatrics for more than 25 years. She has practiced in hospital settings (inpatient, outpatient, NICU, PICU), school systems, and outpatient clinics in several states. She has treated hundreds of children with various sensory processing dysfunction in the areas of behavior, gross/fine motor skills, social skills and self-care. Ms. Wood has also been a featured speaker at seminars, webinars, and school staff development training. She is the author of Seeing your Home and Community with Sensory Eyes.

    *The term, “learner” is used throughout this post for readability, however this information is relevant for students, patients, clients, children of all ages, etc. The term “they” is used instead of he/she to be inclusive.

    Toys and Tools to Help With Attention and Focus

    Here we are talking toys that help kids pay attention. These focus toys can be ways to support concentration or toys to help kids with the working memory skills needed for functional tasks, by allowing them to sustain attention during an activity.

    Toys to Help with Attention

    Some of the toy suggestions you find here are fidget items. Others are toys or games to support the skills needed to pay attention. Skills like sustained attention, maintaining focus in order to utilize working memory throughout a task, and items to support ADHD or generalized attention challenges can be developed through practice and play.

    Helping kids with attention and focus can be difficult.  Presenting games and toys can be frustrating for these kiddos and their parents or teachers when there are underlying reasons for inattention and lack of focus.  We’ve shared several posts on attention in the past and wanted to put together a list of great toys and tools that can help with attention and focus for participation in games or other leisure activities, school tasks, and daily skills.

    Use this gift guide to help kids who need tools and toys to help with attention and focus in the classroom, school, or at home.

    Toys and Tools to Help with Attention and Focus

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    These DIY fidget toys  are an option for the classroom or in the home. 
    Strengthening the core can have a great effect on helping kids improve attention and focus in the home and in the classroom.  Read more about strengthening the core to help improve these skills.

    A smaller sized therapy ball like this 9 inch Stability Ball might be a better option for kids who use the balls for floor activities like laying prone on the ball in a superman pose.  This is a great core strengthening and vestibular activity that can help with strengthening and sensory needs.

    Other smaller sized therapy balls would be more appropriate when the balls are used as a seat to help with attention. Proper positioning is essential for handwriting and reading when seated at a desk.  Try this 28 inch therapy ball for younger kids.

    Large Stability Ball is a great tool to have in the home or classroom.  Use it for alerting sensory input or as a strengthening tool to build core strength. 

    Cranium Brain Breaks Game is a great game that allows time for movement during, before, and after learning. Read more about brain breaks and other ways to help kids focus here.

    The Peanut Therapy Ball is great for inviting movement and sensory input in a variety of positions.  Try this as a seat or to engage core muscles.

    Brain Food Putty Squeezing putty provides heavy input through the hands.  This can be calming for children and a valuable tool for allow kids to take focus off sensory needs and onto the task at hand.  This type of putty comes in a variety of colors.

    It is important to remember that every child is different.  Just as needs and interests differ, the thing that can capture attention and focus will vastly vary from child to child.  Use the interests that your child cares about to improve focus and attention.  Try these attention building tips:

    Begin by playing one on one with the child in an environment that is free from distractions.

    Try playing a game or completing an activity for a short period of time with breaks for movement and gross motor activity.  It is not the movements that will boost attention, but rather the break to allow for movement.  Coming back to a desk-top or structured activity or game may be easier for kids with attention and focusing issues.

    Slowly increase the time spent on a task.

    toys for concentration

    Try games without a lot of rules or classic games that do not have a lot of distracting colors, sounds, and lights.  Other children may require toys that light up with sounds and flashes in order to help with attention, based on the use of novel auditory or visual stimuli. 

    Low-tech attention boosting toys and tools might include:

    Checkers is a classic game that can encourage increased time focusing on an end goal.  This type of game will certainly not work for all children with attention or focusing difficulties.  The limited colors and simple game board can be a benefit for other children, however.

    Connect 4 Try playing this game on it’s side to eliminate the need to shift the vision and observe distractions.  Use the legs on the game and lay it down on a table surface to have enough slant for the pieces to fall into place. A slight shift might be needed to get the game pieces to fall into place.

    Ring Toss is a game that can allow for movement during game play.  Try adding weights to wrists or ankles for heavy work input during game play.  Position the ring toss game in a corner of a room to eliminate distractions.  This type of game is often times an incentive to address leaning concepts such as math, sight words, and spelling.

    Pop and Catch Game is another movement-based way to encourage focus.  Kids will need to keep their eyes on the ball as they move their cup to catch it before it hits the ground.  This might be a challenge for children with visual motor integration difficulties. Try sitting on the floor, close together.  Then, build up to kneeling, moving farther apart, standing, and even sitting in a rolling chair.

    Use these toys and tools to help with attention and focus including visual attention needed for functional tasks and reading or writing.

    Toys to help with Visual Attention

    For some kids, the attention concerns arise when there are too many distractions in the child’s visual field.  They are unable to pick out the important information. This might occur when a child is trying to find matching socks from a drawer full of unpaired socks.  They can not scan and search to find the sock they need and give up.    Other kids simply can not filter out unnecessary information in a cluttered scene. These kids wiggle, fidget, and can’t focus in the classroom.

    toys to help focus

    Spot It requires kids to pull out and match items between two cards.  This is a great game for car rides, too!

    A Maze Puzzle Book encourages kids to visually attend to the correct line as they scan the puzzle.
     Visual Attention Scratch art book
    This Hidden Pictures Scratch Art Book allows kids to scratch out the picture from a puzzle of lines.  The bonus for this attention boosting tool is that scratch art is a fine motor strengthening exercise.
     Visual attention activity using hidden pictures books
    Use Hidden Picture Books like these sticker books to help kids pull out visual information from a cluttered page.  Using stickers can be motivational for kids.
    Mosaic Artwork is a fine motor activity that can help kids visually attend to colors and shapes.  Scatter the sticker tiles on a table surface for another visual attention exercise.

    Fidget Toys to Help With Attention and Focus

    Finally, there is the sensory need that results in inattention.  When kids are preoccupied with a sensory over-stimulation or under-stimulation, attention and focus lack.  We’ve shared toys and tools that can help to meet sensory needs with fidget toys.  Try these ideas for fidget tools for classroom and home use.

    The Tangle Jr. Original Fidget Toy will keep fingers and hands busy so kids can concentrate on homework or school work. 

    A ball of play dough or this Pull and Stretch Bounce Ball is a good way to keep kids’ hand occupied as they move with the small motor proprioceptive input. This heavy work for the hands can allow kids to concentrate as they write. 

    The DESK BUDDY is great for kids who are doing homework as it can sit on a table surface or it can be a hand-held sensory fidget toy. 

    A pencil topper like these Pencil Tops Fidget can help kids while they write, and can be fidgeted with on or off the pencil. 

    Try writing with a vibrating pen like this Squiggle Wiggle Writer for proprioceptive input before a writing homework assignment. 

    THE ULTIMATE FIDGET is a quiet fidget toy that kids can keep in their pocket. 

    Keychain Fidget Toys are another option that can help with attention and focus.

    Toys and tools to help with attention and focus in kids.
    Use these toys and tools to help kids with attention and focus including visual attention.

    More tools for addressing attention needs in kids

    There are so many strategies to address attention in kids and activities that can help address attention needs. One tactic that can be a big help is analyzing precursors to behaviors related to attention and addressing underlying needs. 

    The Attention and Sensory Workbook can be a way to do just that. 

    The Attention and Sensory Workbook is a free printable resource for parents, teachers, and therapists. It is a printable workbook and includes so much information on the connection between attention and sensory needs. 

    Here’s what you can find in the Attention and Sensory Workbook: 

    • Includes information on boosting attention through the senses
    • Discusses how sensory and learning are connected
    • Provides movement and sensory motor activity ideas
    • Includes workbook pages for creating movement and sensory strategies to improve attention

    little more about the Attention and Sensory Workbook: 

    Sensory processing is the ability to register, screen, organize, and interpret information from our senses and the environment. This process allows us to filter out some unnecessary information so that we can attend to what is important. Kids with sensory challenges often time have difficulty with attention as a result.

    It’s been found that there is a co-morbidity of 40-60% of ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder. This workbook is an actionable guide to help teachers, therapists, and parents to help kids boost attention and focus in the classroom by mastering sensory processing needs. 

    You will find information on the sensory system and how it impacts attention and learning. There are step-by-step strategies for improving focus, and sensory-based tips and tricks that will benefit the whole classroom.

    The workbook provides tactics to address attention and sensory processing as a combined strategy and overall function. There are charts for activities, forms for assessment of impact, workbook pages for accommodations, and sensory strategy forms.
    Grab the Attention and Sensory Workbook below.
    Attention and sensory workbook activities for improving attention in kids

    FREE Attention & Sensory Workbook

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      More therapy toys to support specific skills:

      1. Fine Motor Toys 
      2. Gross Motor Toys 
      3. Pencil Grasp Toys 
      4. Toys for Reluctant Writers 
      5. Toys for Spatial Awareness 
      6. Toys for Visual Tracking 
      7. Toys for Sensory Play 
      8. Bilateral Coordination Toys 
      9. Games for Executive Functioning Skills 
      10. Toys and Tools to Improve Visual Perception 
      11. Toys to Help with Scissors Skills 
      12. Toys for Attention and Focus 

      Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to