Make a Christmas Chain With Your Kids to Count Down the Days and Teach Patterns
- Making a pattern. Creating, recognizing, and duplicating a pattern are a big part of the preschool and kindergarten curriculum. By alternating green and red loops, children are building an AB pattern (2 different colors).
- Counting to 25. They children must hold the loop together and slowly count to 25 for it to stick. If they don't, their loop will pop open and they'll have to try again. This teaches patience in addition to counting!
- Enhancing fine motor skills. When holding the loop together to stick, the children are using their pincer grasp (their thumbs and index fingers). A strong pincer grasp is necessary for using a pencil, drawing with crayons, and cutting with scissors.
- Improving gluing skills. If you've ever watched youngsters with glue, you know they like to use a whole lot. This project gives them the opportunity to see firsthand the power of using less. I like to say as a reminder: "Just a dot, not a lot!" But just be warned: They will still use a lot of glue. Don't stress about it but be prepared for some mess (or you can always use a glue stick)!
- Practicing with scissors. Once the chain is complete, the children cut off a loop each day with scissors. This is marvelous for beginners and builds their confidence.