Ornament Sorting Basket for Toddlers
We also had fun playing a game of memory. I would put a few it the basket and my daughter would take a look, then turn her head and cover her eyes while I took one away. She had to try to remember which one is missing.
Find more Christmas play activities in our 25 Days of Christmas Play series
I had her start by putting the correct number of clips on each decorated circle. This is a great activity for fine motor strengthening. Pinching the clothes pins works the small intrinsic muscles of the hands.
This Christmas Tree Sensory Play activity was fun for the senses, cutting, patterning, sorting, and even pre-handwriting!
Don’t Stress the Mess!
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Indoor Play Ideas
Hearing the loud sound when they rattled the spoons around in the cups.
Ghost Catch Game
Gross Motor Apple Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers
This time of year, it is all about apples in preschool. My 3 year old is learning all about red, apples, and circles in his class. We pulled those concepts into our play with this fun apple tree activity. I placed this set up on our living room floor and had the kids pick ‘apples’. We counted them as we put them into baskets. My 5 year old loves writing when I spell out a word, and so we worked on writing the words “red”, “apple”, “circle”, and “tree”. She was “in charge” of simple math ideas (We have two apples in the basket. Adding one more apple makes 3 apples).
The babies loved putting the red balls into baskets, taking them back out and then putting them into a different basket. They are learning through exploring!
We did some Gross Motor balance beam play on the “trunk” of the tree. This was a hit for all of the kids. These babies WATCH the big kids and try their hardest to keep up!
Baby Apple Theme and Red Learning Activities
Our favorite ways to work on gross motor skills: