With lots of festive arts and crafts around, it can be easy to forget that the season also lends itself to Christmas related learning activities. We were excited to hear that My Bored Toddler was hosting a Toddler Christmas Activity Blog Hop. It gave us the perfect excuse to create a Father Christmas counting pegs activity.
Whilst playing with our DIY Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe game, I thought that the Santa hat ribbon would make a great number line. You can take the teacher out the of classroom but not the classroom out of the teacher! When I discovered these brilliant Father Christmas pegs from Tiger Stores UK, I knew I had the perfect combination of resources.
I cut the Santa hat ribbon up to and glued it to cardboard. This was to ensure the ribbon was solid enough for Adam to hold during the activity. I placed them in order vertically so that Adam could see each strip. He had a wonderful time counting each Santa hat and telling me how many were in each line.
I demonstrated how he could use the Father Christmas wooden pegs to cover each Santa hat. It didn’t take long for him to pick up the skill.
As he added each Father Christmas peg to the ribbon he counted along. It was a fantastic activity for developing his fine motor skills as the wooden pegs were small.
When I gave Adam the choice of which Santa hat ribbon he wanted to use first he opted for number 9. He certainly likes a challenge! Once he added 9 Father Christmas pegs to the ribbon he continued with number 8 and number 7.
Once he had used all of the pegs he went about removing each one. I then set him a challenge. How many pieces of ribbon could he fill with the pegs? He added the Father Christmas pegs again starting with one Santa hat ribbon and continued until number 6. He had 3 pegs remaining.
He then played around with different ways of ordering the Santa ribbons. He liked a triangle formation the best.
By combining our Santa hat ribbon and small wooden pegs we had created a simple mathematical activity as well as developing Adam’s fine motor skills. It also makes a great Busy Bag activity that can be used time and time again. Pop over to My Bored Toddler for more Toddler Christmas Activity ideas.
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