Christmas festive season is a great time to encourage children to make space around the beautiful and exciting with things they can create with their own hands. Kid handmade ornaments – quirky, sparkly, cute, will make your home and classroom feel so cozy. I am sharing today with you ornaments my preschooler made to kick start the Holiday Season.
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Learning about colors is always fun for young kids. Children love discovering the world of colors using Montessori color box 1,2 and 3. Colour Box 3 teaches children to grade colors from the darkest to the lightest and vice versa. To make ornaments, we looked at different shades of colors. This activity is an extension activity to Colour box 3 which demonstrates the difference between dark and light shades. Mixing colors brings magic like wonder and excitement. You can demonstrate a gradual change in color – from the darkest to the lightest – by adding more white paint each time. This is a fun art technique to teach kids.
Here is how we made painted Christmas ornaments:
- make sure the child is familiar with Colour Box 3 before making this craft
- ask the child to choose a Christmas ornament to paint and a paint color
- squeeze chosen paint and white paint on the palette
- demonstrate painting with a stroke and mixing in a bit more white color every time
- now it is the child’s turn to create their ornament
- allow it to dry and invite the child to exercise their creativity – decorate ornament using loose craft parts
It is always fun to try different paint colors and shapes.
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