Our Christmas shelves are up in time for December!
These are the activities I put on our 25-month-old’s shelves based on his current interests and skills. Hope this inspires you to observe your child and follow his/her lead, too.
I put 2 years old on the title in case that’s what you’re looking for, but really, each child is different, with different interests and skill levels, so hope these give you an idea on how you can present your materials best with your toddler.
Nativity Corner – we got our Nativity Set from Educational Toys Philippines, but they already ran out of stocks. In this corner, we set up some books that tell the story of Nativity and put out the characters except for baby Jesus.
We will put him out on Christmas Eve/Day (put him here for photo purposes). I originally put an abandoned bird nest as “hay”, but our son just threw all of them and they ended up messier than I imagined, so for now, no “hay”, but a native coaster. 😛
Pine Cones and Egg Container Transfer Work – This is for his transfer work (which he loves so much) and also an indirect early Math work. One pine cone for each space in the container = one-to-one correspondence work. I love how easy and engaging Nicole explained about this concept in her blog. Read about it HERE.
Popsicle Sticks Tray – In this tray are cut-up popsicle sticks in Christmas colors plus a guide on how to make a star using popsicle sticks. All I did was trace the actual sticks on paper. I’m still observing if he would prefer that I color the guides (since he is so into colors now), or he’d rather make his own pattern.
And although normally, we just put one activity per tray to isolate concepts, since he still loves posting work now, I just added a paper cup with cut out rectangles so he can also do posting work for the popsicle sticks if he likes.
Christmas Tree Stacking Work – Our son loves stacking right now. He started with 3 blocks in his DIY Christmas Tree activity on our living room area, but I put out more blocks in this corner — it’s color-coded, though, since he is such in a sensitive period for colors these days.
On this corner: Sticker Work + Pattern & Puzzle Work
For the Christmas Tree, it’s very simple: I cut up colored paper, shaped them into a tree and star, then left the rest of the job to our toddler. He enjoys this activity so much. I got the colored circle stickers from National Bookstore (also saw Power Books Podium carrying this type of sticker), but you can really use any sticker you want – I got a couple of stickers from Regina’s Greenhills that are Christmas-themed (ornaments, candy canes, etc) and just plain stars. So it’s really up to your taste and liking!
And for this, well, the gingerbread man and tree are just from one of my son’s train tracks set. They’re not really Christmas items — the man is just supposed to be a man, not really a gingerbread man, but when I saw them, I figured they work great as Christmas materials, too.
For this, I traced the materials on paper – left some as is (just traces) and some colored. Pablo can copy the pattern, or use them as puzzles but literally putting the items over the traced areas on the paper.
Color and Posting Work – Like mentioned, our son still loves posting work. He has been into it since he was about 10 months old. So for this, I just chose red and green poker chips (Christmas Colors) and put two paper cups (color-coded).
Color-Coded Christmas Tree – Another hit for our son is this color-coded Christmas tree for another kind of posting work. We just cut cardboard in triangle form (then round for the balls), painted it using Crayola’s washable paint, glued the colored outer circles for the color guide, and put the circles on a basket. Our son likes doing this a lot — maybe too much that we need to keep reinforcing the tree or else it will really fall. Haha. Oh well, the not-so-good part about DIY — many times, they don’t withstand our toddler’s curious hands. 😀
I have more Christmas-themed activities in our living room area. If you want to see how I set up for Christmas this year, read THIS.