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Christmas Calendar Countdown – Day 8 – Lego STEAM Challenge

I love all things Christmas and am always excited to do a bit of decorating the house.

This year I decided to add a LEGO Christmas Scene to our christmas calendar countdown.

For our day 8 of christmas calendar countdown we did LEGO STEAM Challenge.

 If you are looking for an easy to make LEGO Christmas activity, I suggest to include this in your list. I asked Angelo to make something Christmas-y and this is what he came up with. A LEGO Christmas tree and little LEGO gifts with LEGO Mixels Santa.

 Happy LEGO building! Have a terrific holiday with your family.

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Christmas Calendar Countdown – Day 10 – Bake Rainbow Muffins

Christmas season  of course will not be complete without a mother-children baking session. 

For day 10 of Christmas Calendar Countdown we made Rainbow Muffins.   Today my kids thought I was the coolest mom ever. Why? We want to enjoy ourselves. So we don’t aim to have everything perfect activity. We aim to enjoy our time together.  All of these activities are just our way to bond as a family at this time of a year. We don’t want to get stressed and frustrated.  Making Rainbow Muffins for Christmas is such a fun and rewarding experience. It’s a great activity to do with the kids so grab those aprons and start baking. 

 

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Christmas Calendar Countdown – Day 7 – Gingerbread Man Craft

Christmas activities are my favorite! The excitement that Christmas creates in children is palpable and I love to use that excitement to fuel learning!

For our day 7 of our Christmas Calendar Countdown – we made gingerbread man.  My kids love this gingerbread man art activity! It’s a fun Christmas collage craft that is open-ended and all about the process.   

I loved seeing their creativity come out. They were super excited to make their gingerbread man. 

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Letter of the week – Dd is for Dinosaur Activities

Say hello to Mr. Dinosaur and our letter of the week Dd.
These activities are to reinforce the color recognition, pre writing skills, cutting skills and reading skills.

Here are some of the ways we worked with the “Dd is for Dinosaur” theme that you can try with your own little ones.

1. Color Recognition

We did dinosaur’s egg matching game. Inigo needs to connect the correct color of the eggs to its appropriate dinosaurs.

 2. Pre Writing skills

 

3. Dinosaur Alphabet Maze – He need to solve the maze by connecting the letters in order.

 4. Cutting Practice Skills – we are practicing carefully to cut along the gray line. I guess his doing well with his cutting skills.

 

5.  Reading Skills  – This printable for emergent reader is a fantastic way for Inigo to learn early literacy skills.

The layout is very basic, the words are easy and repetitive, and the pictures are simple. This way,he will not be overwhelmed. 

I introduced the activity by saying, “We’re going to color a book about different kinds of dinosaurs.” Nothing spectacular, but it let him know what the activity would be about.

I read the words to him. I pointed the words and stressed the colors to show how important it is that pictures in a page match the words. Then, I had him color the dinosaurs to the appropriate color.

 

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Christmas Calendar Countdown – Day 6 – MAKE-A-LEGO-PLAYDOUGH-GINGERBREAD-HOUSE

Festive holiday play to keep kids busy and happy! 

Here’s a fun twist on the classic gingerbread house using two things our kids love: LEGO’s and playdough! 

For our day 6 of Christmas Calendar Countdown- Playdough + Lego = LEGO Playdough Gingerbread House.

Brick by brick, kids can build their own little house. The best part is tearing it down and you can still mesmerized with their creation.  

Here’s how to make your Lego Playdough Gingerbread House:

First, I print out the gingerbread house template and cut out the cardboard pieces. I used glue gun to assemble the gingerbread house. 

Then, add mounds of playdough onto the house.  We used our homemade glittery playdough from yesterday.  

Next, continue adding the bricks until all sides are fully filled.

Finally, when they are done we added Lego figures and our Paper Plate Christmas Tree to complete the set- up.  

Aren’t these adorable? They’re a fun activity to do with your kids. 

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Christmas Calendar Countdown – Day 5 – Sparkly.Shimmering.Squishy Playdough Fun

December may just be the busiest month of the year!To make sure that all of our activities stays stress free, I keep things simple, change activities often, and use engaging printable activities like Christmas Playdough Mats.

Searching for kids activity ideas for our christmas calendar countdown days ahead of us, I decided to give homemade glittery play dough a try. I looked for a no-cook playdough recipe and this one caught my eye. I have been pulling one out at a time and setting up different invitations to create.

For our day 5 of our Christmas Calendar Countdown – It’s a Sparkly.Shimmering.Squishy Playdough Fun Afternoon.

 The sparkles really make it look like something extra special and the kids were so excited to play with it.  I set the Christmas playdough mats, which includes fun activities like Making Santa’s beard, making Rudolph’s antlers, decorating a Christmas tree, a wreath, making a snowman,decorating ornaments and presents.   

These are great for practising fine motor skills or just simply letting their creativity go wild.

 So many fun ways to engage with play dough this holiday season! So grab the free printables online and enjoy!