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Christmas Themed Montessori Activities for Toddlers


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Christmas Themed Montessori Activities for Toddlers | Baby Beyond

Christmas is almost here! ‘Tis the season to be jolly and the merriment is already in the air. This year I introduced Baby N to the stories behind Christmas and he has been repeating the words “Christmas” and “Santa Claus” ever since. So I wanted to build on this and also involve him in all the Christmas activities going on.

One of the best ways children learn is by observing and getting involved with their environment. And when the environment is buzzing with Christmas spirit, I knew I had to come up with some activities themed around this wonderful festive time. So here are some Christmas themed Montessori inspired activities I planned out for him. All you need for these activities are some Christmas decorations and some stuff you will easily find at home (paper, ribbons, spoon, bowls). 

This is just a start. Use this list for inspiration and let your imagination run free to come up with fun games and activities for your kids.

 

Click here to find out how I introduced Baby N to the stories behind Christmas through an interactive story and activity book.

 

Fine Motor Skills & Hand-Eye Co-ordination Activities:

Stringing / Beading: Stringing Christmas Tree Ornaments:

I had originally wanted Baby N to string the ornaments onto the branches of the Christmas tree, but he found this complex because the fir leaves hide the branch. So I helped him string them onto a ribbon instead.

Stringing / Beading: Stringing Christmas Tree Ornaments

Stringing / Beading Activity: String the Christmas Tree Ornaments

 

Stuffing: Stuff the Stocking

Ask the child to stuff a Christmas stocking with objects of various shapes and sizes and then pull them out. This may sound really simple but it is actually complex for a toddler to hold the stocking open with one hand while maneuvering an object into the opening with the other.

Stuffing: Christmas Themed Montessori Activities | Baby & Beyond

Stuffing Activity: Stuff the Stocking

 

Practical Life Activities:

Transferring: Transfer Christmas Tree Ornaments with Spoon / Tweezers:

Keep small ornaments in one bowl and ask the child to transfer them one by one into the other bowl using a spoon. Older kids can try this using tweezers. Younger ones can do this with their fingers, to help develop the pincer grip.

Transferring: Christmas Themed Montessori Activities | Baby & Beyond

Transferring Activity: Transfer the Christmas Tree Ornaments with Spoon / Tweezers

 

Sorting Activities:

Sort by Colour: Sort Christmas Tree Ornaments by Colour:

Ask the child to sort ornaments into different bowls based on colour. I used many different ornaments because this teaches children to discern color even when the objects look different in shape and size.

Colour Sorting: Christmas Themed Montessori Activities | Baby & Beyond

Colour Sorting Activity: Sort Christmas Tree Ornaments by Colour

 

An interesting variation for older kids is to arrange ornaments on the matching coloured ribbon.

Colour Sorting: Christmas Themed Montessori Activities | Baby & Beyond

Colour Sorting Activity: Arrange Christmas Tree Ornaments on the Matching Coloured Ribbon

 

 

Sort by Shape: Sort Christmas Tree Ornaments by Shape:

Similar to the above activity, the child can also sort ornaments into bowls based on their shape.

 

 

Sequencing and Patterning Activities:

Size Sequencing: Build a Christmas Tree:

I found this lovely activity on Best Toys 4 Toddlers. I haven’t had time to set this up myself as yet, so just leaving this link here for now.

Size Sequencing: Christmas Themed Montessori Activities | Baby & Beyond

Size Sequencing Activity: Build a Christmas Tree

 

Patterning:

Make a pattern of colours or shapes on the top row and ask the child to repeat the same pattern on the remaining rows.

Patterning Activities: Christmas Themed Montessori Activities | Baby & Beyond

Patterning Activity: Make Patterns Based on Colour

Patterning Activities: Christmas Themed Montessori Activities | Baby & Beyond

Patterning Activity: Make Patterns Based on Shape

 

Math Activities:

Counting: Decorate the Christmas Tree:

Decorate the tree by sticking increasing number of stars in each row. (You can use felt / chart paper to make the tree or just draw it on paper. In place of stars you can also use any other ornaments or stickers). Though Baby N can recite numbers till 10, he is still too small to understand the concept of number value. So for now I’ve stuck the stars on the tree myself and we just point to each star and count “1, 1-2, 1-2-3” etc. For older children, you can write a number next to each level of the tree and ask them to stick that many stars on it.

Counting Activities: Christmas Themed Montessori Activities | Baby & Beyond

Counting Activity: Decorate the Christmas tree

 

Language Activities:

Naming Objects: Name that Gift:

Fill up the stocking with recognizable objects that the child is used to seeing regularly. I use a hairbrush, keys, crayon, napkin, dropper, spoon, ball, etc. Ask him to pull out objects one-by-one and name them. Baby N loves this activity and keeps saying “more time” so I change up the objects every time. It’s a delight to see the surprise and excitement when he pulls out each object.

Language Activities: Christmas Themed Montessori Activities | Baby & Beyond

Language Activity: Name that Object

 

Sensorial Activities:

Sense of Touch: Guess that Gift:

Similar to the above, fill up the stocking with recognizable objects that the child is used to seeing and touching regularly. Ask him to put his hand in, hold one object and guess what it is before pulling it out. Include as many different textures as you can.

 

What other Christmas themed learning activities have you done with your child. I would love to hear your ideas. Do share them in the Comments section below.

 

P.S. I am not an expert on the Montessori method. Some of these activities may not strictly fall under the Montessori curriculum, but they are all designed to encourage skills development and are inspired by the Montessori philosophy of open-ended explorative learning.

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Comments
  1. Nayantara said on December 14, 2017 5:13 pm:

    Fantastic. Loved this Mahak.

  2. Niharika said on December 15, 2017 12:23 pm:

    What a wonderful and learning way to decorate and fun DIY activity.. Thanks for sharing the post

  3. Priyadarshani Panda said on December 15, 2017 5:14 pm:

    These are some really innovative activities..would definitely try these..

  4. Neha said on December 17, 2017 9:26 pm:

    Wow..all.activities are easy and fun to do with ..would try with my girl too..thanks for sharing

  5. Deepa said on December 17, 2017 10:14 pm:

    I love all these activities. I am sure its fun to do for both mom and the kids.

  6. Keerthi Vydyula said on December 18, 2017 12:28 pm:

    These are some fun activities to engage toddlers in activity. Also boosts up their learning curve. Nice post Mahak ?

  7. Ophira said on December 19, 2017 10:40 am:

    These are interesting activities. My son is the same age of as yours, I will try these with him. Love doing activities with him ☺️

  8. anupriya said on December 20, 2017 7:10 am:

    So many intersting activities with the christmas tree! this is an amazing post with some cool ideas. Must try these out with my toddler