Christmas decoration making is a great time to bring the family together! Children get time to make things with parents and then show them to all who visit their home for the duration of the 12 days of Christmas.
Making a Christmas Tree with your child will make him feel important and his creations valued. We all know that Christmas is a very busy time of the year. But sometimes, in the rush and stress to get everything just right, we forget the most important part of this time year is being together, celebrating family and love for the young child.
Spend an hour with your child making each of these two cheap and easy Christmas trees. You will have fun and help him strengthen his fine motor development. Remember the explanantion I gave you in the last blog (Make Christams Decorations With Your Child to Improve His Fine Motor Development): fine motor development is very important for developing an efficient, comfortable pencil grip. And a good pencil grip has a strong effect on many, many aspects of the learning process.
The Christmas tree pictured above is easily made by cutting coloured pipe-cleaners into pieces; fold each piece in half; wrap each piece arround a thin dowell stick. Turn every piece to be at a slightly different angle from the one above. The star on top is made by cutting a yellow pipe-cleaner into 4 pieces and twirling 2 of these pieces around each other; then twirlling the bottom of the star to the top of the dowell stick. Twirling the pipe-clearners is a good exercise for fine motor development.
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The long holidays at the end of the year give us a great oppurtunity to play with our children. Now you can play AND teach your child to read, with movement, fun and games so that you can all enjoy yourselves and your child will be able to shine!
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