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Toddler Learning Time

Do you have a toddler at home? All of my big kids went back to school but my littlest man is home and bored without his siblings. We have been trying to give him more learning activities to do at home so that he has something fun to do when everyone is at school.

Recently I have noticed that he has excellent gross motor skills. He can do larger movements with ease. But his fine motor skills needed a little help. I have been searching different ideas for helping him with his fine motor skills and I found a few things that would help him.

Threading: Threading things is an excellent development of fine motor skills. Place beads on a string or yarn is perfect practice. Check out this example for smaller kids that you are worried about giving actual beads too. The Imagination Tree created a fun beading tutorial involving paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls instead for children that still have a tendency to place small items in their mouths. Check it out!

Frog Feeding: This fun pick-up and drop activity is a great way to teach fine motor skills in toddlers. It is also a lot of fun for little ones to do. Check out a Crafty Living for the complete tutorial.

Toddler learning time

With a little practice from activities like these, your little toddler will be progressing more and more in their fine motor skills.

Design Your Own Tree: Felt Christmas Trees

Design Your Own Christmas Tree - Felt Christmas Trees

Do you have a little one that loves Christmas? Does he love the Christmas Tree? Is his favorite thing decorating the tree, and redecorating the tree again and again? We all know how difficult it can be to keep your tree looking nice with those Christmas happy toddlers running around. All those pretty, and delicate Christmas balls, Glass ornaments, family heirlooms and tinsel can be difficult to keep unbroken when there are little ones looking to help rearrange the tree everyday. So how do you keep you little man away from your tree? Give him his own to decorate and rearrange as often as he wants.

We searched for a fun way to keep your kids away from your Christmas Tree and found this great Felt Christmas Tree at SolandRachel.com. This great blog written by mother of two Rachel features lots of great ideas and fun activities for kids and their parents but the activity we are most interested in this month is the Felt Christmas Tree. The fun with the felt tree is that felt sticks to felt and you can design and rearrange your tree as often as you want Ina’s many different ways as you can possibly think of.

What You Will Need:

1 yard of green felt
1/4-3/4 yard of yellow felt
1/4-3/4 yard of red felt
1/4-3/4 yard of blue felt
1/4-3/4 yard of white felt
Tacks or self-adhesive Velcro to attach felt to wall
Hot glue gun
Straight edge

What You Will Do:

1. Begin by folding your green felt in half and then using a straight edge make an angled cut across your yard felt.

2. Next lay the now triangular shaped green felt flat on the ground. Using your scissors begin making small notches on either side of the triangle to form tree branches. Do this up and down each side of the tree. Do as many as you want and as wide as you want.

3. Now you can attach your tree to the wall. You can use thumb tacks at the ton of the tree and the two sides of the bottom of the tree, or you can choose to use self-adhesive Velcro in order to avoid putting holes in the walls.

4. Next cut some ornaments for your tree with the other felt colors. Make as many as you want in alternating colors. Use a cup to trace perfect circles. Don’t forget to make a star with your yellow for the top of the tree. Try this stencil for a star. You can spice up your ornaments with some scrap piece, use your scissors and glue gun to make polka dots, stripes, hearts, anything you want.

5. Now that it has all dried and the scissors and glue gun are put away you can let your toddler go crazy decorating his new tree!