Christmas festive season is a great time to encourage children make space around them 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 cosy. I am sharing today with you ornaments my preschooler made to kick start the Holiday Season.
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Learning about colours is always fun for young kids. Children love discovering the world of colours using Montessori colour box 1,2 and 3. Colour Box 3 teaches children to grade colours from the darkest to the lightest and visa versa. To make ornaments, we looked at different shades of colours. This activity is an extension activity to Colour box 3 which demonstrates difference between dark and light shades. Mixing colours brings magic like wonder and excitement. You can demonstrate gradual change in colour – 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 child is familiar with Colour Box 3 before making this craft
- ask child to choose a Christmas ornament to paint and a paint colour
- squeeze chosen paint and white paint on palette
- demonstrate painting with a stroke and mixing in a bit more white colour every time
- now it is child’s turn to create their ornament
- allow it to dry and invite child to exercise their creativity – decorate ornament using loose craft parts
It is always fun to try different paint colours and shapes.
Christmas Wreath Ornament
Here is a different ornament craft – fine motor project for a child to do. Montessori materials do come in handy quite often.
- invite a child draw circle on wooden cork board using metal inset frame
- cut out the circle
- make dots around the edge
- allow the child to hammer nails
- demonstrate your child how to use threads to make a wreath
- let child to add pom poms or other craft loose parts to complete the ornament
- add a colourful bow for hanging on Christmas tree
- fine motor
- taking time to complete the project
- meaningful work
- reflects everyday experiences
Thank you for visiting Montessori Nature! 15 Days of Montessori for the Holidays blog hop is a great resource for awesome holiday ideas brought to you by a bunch of talented and inspirational Montessori Bloggers listed below. This blog hop runs from October 25th through November 10th. Tomorrow The Natural Homeschool is going to share their Montessori holiday post with you.