December is definitely one of my favorite months for holiday-themed activities and crafts. Today, I want to share an idea for an easy-to-prepare Montessori-inspired Christmas practical life activity or craft.
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Montessori-Inspired Christmas Gingerbread Man Fine-Motor Activity or Craft
After Christmas last year, I found craft-foam gingerbread men and Christmas pom poms on sale at Michaels hobby store. You can find craft-foam gingerbread men and Christmas pom poms on Amazon. Of course, you could easily just draw (or trace from a printable) a gingerbread man on brown craft foam. You could even print out a gingerbread man from a printable onto cardstock if you don’t have craft foam. (Note: You can find free gingerbread man printables, such as the Gingerbread Baby Unit Study from Homeschool Share or Gingerbread Man Printable from Powerful Mothering, in my Montessori-Inspired Christmas Language Activities and Free Christmas Printables post.)
I added a small bowl of craft crystals and a small bowl of pom poms to a large plastic tray from Montessori Services. I used Montessori Services quick sticks for the transfer tool. Tweezers could be used for transferring instead of quick sticks, and the decorations could be buttons or whatever you prefer.
The child can choose the decorations to transfer to the gingerbread man for a practical life transfer activity. If you’d like to make a lacing activity as well, simply punch holes around the edge of the gingerbread man with a hole puncher and add a yarn lace. To make the activity into a craft, just add a bottle of glue to the tray!
An older child could use a variation of the tray by drawing and designing a gingerbread man or tracing and cutting out a gingerbread man before designing a pattern on it. Older children could also sew two gingerbread men together with stuffing to make a toy for a younger child. When my kids were growing up, I often had variations of activities available according to age and ability level.
You’ll find lots of fun, free gingerbread printables and Montessori-inspired gingerbread activities here.
Do you bake gingerbread men at your house, or do you prepare gingerbread man activities? 🙂
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