Holiday Festivities

We are so excited to share our Exploring Our World kit: HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES.

We have had so much fun creating this one.

We put together this kit with FUN in mind. It doesn’t matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, we all like to have fun. So our team has created some fun activities, games, coloring pages, crafts and more for your little ones.

No matter how you celebrate the Holidays with your family we wish you joy, happiness and of course lots of FUN!

Worksheets

Games

Counting Marshmallows

How to Play

Lay out the “Cups of Cocoa”. Place the number of marshmallows (.5 in. white poms) in the hot cocoa.

There should be 55 marshmallows (poms) in all. Can be played with over and over.

Great for a Classroom or at home. Enjoy!

Winter Matching

How to Play

  • Print off 2 sheets in color or black and white. If printing out black and white have your little ones color.
  • If printing out in color may have to be on card stock or add construction paper on back so can’t see the picture when face down.
  • Laminate if you want it to last all winter long.
  • Once printed out cut all the squares out and turn upside down and flip over two to see if they match. If they do the player takes the match and then its the next players turn.
  • If you have a little one who is just starting out play with only 4 matches and when they get comfortable add more. They will be experts in no time.

Winter Tic Tac Toe

Science Experiment

Great Science experiment to do with your family.
So much fun and easy to do. Can make Candy Canes, Hearts, Simple snowflakes, ice sickles and more.

Directions:

  • Figure out what Pipe cleaner colors you would like to use.
  • We chose Red, Green and White. We could use for candy canes, hearts snowflakes and ice sickles.
  • If you want to do candy canes and ice sickles you can twist the pipe cleaners together. Or for the ice sickles you can so a single one. Just wrap it around a pencil and then gently pull the coil to make it longer.
  • Find glass jars or glass containers that you can see through to watch the crystals grow. Make sure the pipe cleaner ornament does not touch the sides or bottom.
  • Boil a little more than 3 cups of water. Pour the water into the container. If it does not fill to the top boil more. The ratio of Borax to water is 10 tsp. to 3 cups of very hot water.
  • Once your glass container is filled dissolve the Borax into the hot water.
  • Once dissolved tie a string to the pipe cleaners so that you are able to hang it later. Also use the string to hang in the mixture. When hanging it in the glass container make sure it does not touch the sides or bottom. The crystals will attach themselves to the side or bottom.
  • Tip: We let it sit for 48 hours so the crystals grow thicker on the ornament and will look better.
  • Most of all have FUN and create whatever you want.

Crafts

Supplies:

  • Cheerios or cereals that are similar.
  • Pipe cleaners(any color)
  • Twine

Directions:

  • Make a loop on one end.
  • Put the Cheerios on to almost the end.
  • Twist the ends so cereal can’t come off easily.
  • Add Twine and hang outside. Great for Fine Motor Skills.

Supplies:

  • Red, Green Gold, Brown paint
  • Cardboard (Cereal box will work)
  • Tacky glue
  • Different types of noodles
  • Paintbrush
  • sandwich baggies.

Directions:

  • Cut out a tree with connected stem out of cardboard
  • Paint the tree green and the stem brown.
  • Put each kind of noodle in its separate baggie. Add the paint of choice. Seal it and let your little one shake. Making sure the paint is all over pasta.
  • Lay out on wax paper to dry.
  • Once dry let your little ones decorate their tree. We decided to make a pattern on ours but they can decorate however they want too.
  • Attach the ribbon to the back. Let dry and hang up. Have Fun!

Supplies:

  • White Flour
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Measuring cups
  • Cookie cutters

Directions:

  • Mix 1 cup Flour, 1 cup Salt and 1/2 cup water. May need to add a tiny bit more water.
  • Kneed the dough until all the loose ingredients are gone.
  • Roll out 1/4 of the dough and cut out whatever shape of your choosing.
  • If your going to hang it up with ribbon don’t forget to make hole at the top.
  • Bake the cut outs at 300 degrees for 45 minutes.
  • Willa chose Dog Bones because she wants to make ornaments with her puppies names on them. We put a hole on each end so we can write their names on them.

Supplies:

  • 6-2 1/2″ (length) pop sickle stick
  • 2-4 1/2″ pop sickle stick
  • Black sharpie
  • Tacky glue
  • Red and White paint
  • Different color marker for scarf or can use paint.

Directions:

  • Glue the sides of 3- 2 1/2″ together and cut with scissors and glue pieces on the back. When dry paint it. Also paint one of the smaller sticks for the steering.
  • Once the paint of the sled is dry the snowman comes next. Use your little ones thumb. Dip in the white paint and dab on sled. Practice on paper first. Can make the thumb prints bigger by pushing more of the thumb down.
  • Add buttons, eyes, nose, smile and scarf. Glue on ribbon, rudders and steering.

Supplies:

  • Bird Seed
  • Sugar Cones
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cheerios
  • Twine

Directions:

  • Break the end of the cone off so there is a small hole all the way through.
  • Spread bird seed on a tray.
  • Spread The Peanut Butter on Sugar Cone using knife.
  • Roll the cone in the bird seed.
  • Dip Cheerios in Peanut Butter and decorate the cone.
  • Put the twine all the way through and tie off. Hang outside. Enjoy!

Supplies:

  • 3 cups Birdseed
  • 2 pkgs. of Unflavored Gelatine
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Skewer or straw
  • Scissor to cut skewer or straw

Directions:

  • Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil. Slowly add the two envelopes of Gelatin until dissolved.
  • Put 3 cups of Birdseed in bowl and slowly add the water and gelatin mixture. Be careful very HOT!
  • Mix together until all the Birdseed is covered.
  • Spray the shapes with cooking spray first. Scoop it out into the shapes and pack down tightly.
  • Cut the skewer/straw and put at the top to keep a hole for ribbon.
  • Trivia: Willa is 3 1/2 years old and wanted to do this one all by herself. It creates a mess but is a great way to work on Fine Motor Skills!

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