Jingle Bell Ornaments
Decorating the Christmas tree is one of the best parts of the holiday season. We do this early (like the day after Thanksgiving) so we can spend the whole month (and most of January) enjoying it. I love curling up on the couch and reading stories next to the twinkling tree. It's pure holiday magic.
Making our own ornaments is a fun holiday activity - but it is also usually a great fine motor exercise and invites our kids to take ownership over the decorations in our home.
Today I'm sharing our super simple Jingle Bell Ornaments.
These were inspired by Jingle Bells which is one of our twins' favorite carols. Picture them running around your house in circles shouting (not singing) the lyrics at the top of their lungs.
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Set Up -
On placemats, lay out enough materials for each child.
Tip: For younger children, tying a bead onto one end of each piece of wire is helpful to keep the beads and bells from falling off as they work.
As many of our activities, this is a simple invitation to create during our month of Christmas fun. From experience, our kids know that after nap they can find some sort of creative invitation in our art area such as these train art invitations or this one with playdough. When your child seems interested, sit with them as they string bells and beads onto their wire.
When they seem done with a strand, offer to tie it off to make it into an ornament or jingle bell. We made both. Ultimately, they were no different except one - the ornaments which we made first - were hung on the tree as ornaments where they could not be removed - the other - the jingle bells that we made second - we bracelets that they could wear while they sang and had parades. Once these were made, singing and marching began.
I store Christmas crafty stuff with our Christmas decorations so they get pulled out after Thanksgiving with everything else. Essentially, these are ziploc bags of anything and everything red, green, and white. All extra supplies get added or returned to these bags. Then the materials are used for other crafts that year or when inspiration strikes another year.
Placemat or other way to define workspace
Christmas Colored Beads
Container for Beads (one per child)
Twine or Wire
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