Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Tree Play Dough

Here's a fun, simple activity we did recently to get in the Christmas groove (and to occupy the toddler while Mommy got some Christmas gifts made).

Christmas tree play dough:

I made up a batch of dark green play dough using this recipe.

I started by giving Meg some Christmas cookie cutters to make prints in the dough.

Then we added a straw to "poke, poke, poke" Christmas balls onto the tree.

Note: It's imperative you chant the "poke, poke, poke" while attempting this activity for optimum results.

Then I gave her some shaped buttons I had laying around from another project to use as Christmas ornaments.

Placing and removing the buttons gave her some great fine motor skills practice using her pincer grip.

The "Christmas trees" produced were abstract and even unintentional, but they kept this busy little girl engaged for an hour and a half.


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