When it comes to education, we love hands-on activities. Children grasp concepts so much better when they step away from the text books (I know ours do)! With that being said, we decided to play a few games around our tree last night. Here are the favorites!
#1. Find That Color
If you have toddlers, this is a fun way to learn colors. Our little guy will spend over 5 minutes finding all things red, green, gold, etc!
#2. Name That Shape
With all the different ornaments on the tree, learning new shapes has never been so much fun!
#3. I spy
Of course this is a favorite!! Kids strengthen their observation skills, while having a blast!
#4. Tell Me A Story
Pick an ornament, and create a brand new story using “characters” from your tree!
#5. Counting, Counting, Counting
Have your little start counting all the different ornaments! Counting games are always fun!
Do you have a favorite Christmas tree activity? 🙂
Stockings! It’s one of our favorite Christmas traditions. There is just something about opening a gift full of wonderful little surprises. Here are a few of our favorite stocking stuffers! 🙂
Mini Tins of Thinking Putty
We LOVE thinking putty. Especially since it has a new scented evergreen edition.
Glow Mars Mud
Once you start playing with this, you won’t stop! 🙂
With open-ended and sensory play in mind, Incrediblefoam is one of our favorites!
Magnetic Slime Ooze
Mix up a batch of slime that reacts to a magnet!
Cosmic Spinner Tops
Tops! We have literally played with these for hours on end.
Bubbles that you can actually touch without popping!
Wooden Animal Slingshot
Slingshots and giant marshmallows. It’s a blast!
Wildlife BB Pocket Puzzle
Patience is required, but still so much fun!
One of the most addicting things we have ever play with. Literally. 🙂
Original Metal Slinky
If you have stairs…this is a must!
A classic toy that has been a family favorite for years!
Old Fashioned Diving Sub
Just add a little baking powder, and watch the diving sub in action!
If you’ve never seen the Tornado Tube® in action you may not realize how dramatic it can be!!
A highly addictive game of dexterity and skill. A flick of the finger will send each Flippin’ Bird towards the cup!
Jetfire Glider Twin Pack
The original Guillow’s Balsa Wood Planes from more than half a century ago. Two Gliders are included that soar up to 25 feet. 12″ wingspan!
Would you like to grow some rocks? Fill a clear glass container, such as a wide-mouthed jar, with the special solution, and add the colored pellets to it!
Spiky Light-up Ball
Turn off all the lights, and start a fun tossing game. So many memories were made by playing with these!
Guatemalan Kick Bag
Hand crocheted in Guatemala, these are made to last!
Astronaut Ice Cream and Fruit
Enjoy your ice cream just as Astronauts do–the freeze-dried way! There is also cinnamon apples, grapes, peaches, strawberries, and bananas!
A science curiosity whose ancient and mysterious properties capture the attention of all ages. Rattleback will spin in one direction but when spun in the wrong direction, it will quickly stop, rattle up and down, and then begin to spin in the opposite direction. It also magnifies and is sure to entertain for hours!