Hanukkah Countdown Calendar

Hanukkah Countdown Calendar

This Hanukkah countdown craft will help your little one count the eight nights of the Festival of Lights. Your child can create a Hanukkah countdown calendar by drawing a menorah, and positioning egg carton compartments above each candel. As each day of Hanukkah is counted down, he will receive a small treat in each compartment of the Hanukkah countdown calendar! This activitiy is an entertaining way to build his counting skills and his anticipation for the final night of the Festival of Lights.

What You Need:

  • An empty cardboard egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Poster board
  • Stapler
  • Paint, brushes, markers
  • Small treats: gelt, stickers, tiny dreidels, coins, love notes, etc.

What You Do:

  1. Have your child draw a  menorah and candles on the poster board. Don’t forget to make one arm taller for the shamash. For reference, ask your child to look on line for a picture of a menorah.
  2. Cut 8 cups out of the carton and discard the rest.
  3. Ask your child to staple the top of the egg cups above all 8 branches of the menorah, leaving the space above the shamash empty.
  4. Invite your child to number the eggs cups from 1–8.
  5. Each night of Hanukkah, ask your child to draw or paint a flame above the appropriate eggcup.
  6. After bedtime, hide a small treat in the egg cup for your child to discover the next night.
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Thumbprint Christmas Tree Cards

Thumb print Christmas Tree Cards

Recipients will agree that these homemade cards beat store-bought, boxed cards any day. With a little guidance from parents, youngsters can create a Christmas tree using their thumb as a stamp. What a unique way to illustrate how your child is developing, artistically and physically, while sending much appreciated holiday cheer to a loved one far away!

What You Need:

  • Green acrylic paint
  • Small bowl for the paint
  • White card stock and envelopes
  • Gold star stickers, sparkle stickers or similar embellishments
  • Brown marker
  • Iridescent flakes, optional (available at craft stores)
  • Adhesive tape from tape dispenser, or glue

What You Do:

  1. First, ask your child to pour some paint into the bowl.
  2. Demonstrate how your child will stamp her thumb, drawing it on a piece of scratch paper to help your younger child visualize how the tree will look. Explain that she will start at the top with one thumb print, make two thumb prints centered underneath that, then a row of three beneath that and end with four thumb prints at the bottom.
  3. Have her dip her thumb into the paint and scrape any excess off on the rim of the bowl.
  4. Have her press her thumb onto the upper quarter of the paper.
  5. Tell her to dip her thumb into the paint again and make two thumb prints, side by side, underneath the first thumb print.
  6. Have her dip her thumb again and add three thumb prints in a row beneath the second row.
  7. Then, ask her to dip her thumb into the paint and make a row of four thumb prints beneath the third row.
  8. Have your child set the card aside to dry and make another one. Keep working in small batches until you have enough cards to send to friends and family for Christmas.
  9. Once the cards are dry, your child can put the finishing touches on the tree. She can draw a brown rectangle under the tree and color it in to create a tree trunk. Then, she can top the tree with a star-shaped sticker and some sparkle stickers for ornaments.
  10. Let the cards dry one more time and then they are ready for you to address and mail! These hand made cards are sure to spread holiday cheer to all who receive them.

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Christmas Skip Counting Book

Christmas Skip Counting Book

In kindergarten, kids learn how to count by twos. In teacher-lingo, this is called “skip counting.” Give your child some practice with even numbers, while creating a cute Christmas keepsake. Plus, get some holiday cards in the bargain!

What You Need:

  • card stock
  • at least 5 different holiday stamps
  • ink pads in holiday colors
  • markers
  • crayons
  • stapler

What You Do:

  1. Staple five card stock pages into a booklet.
  2. Ask your child to select a stamp, press it onto the inkpad, and stamp the selected image twice in the center of the first page. Under your child’s stamps, write words to describe what you see, for example, “Two snowmen.” Then ask your child to use a marker or crayon to write the numeral 2 at the top of the page.
  3. Repeat this process with the next stamp, only this time, have your child stamp two objects, then two more beneath it. Ask your child how many items he sees, then write the words beneath the pictures, for example, “Four candy canes.” Your child should write the corresponding numeral, 4, at the top of the page.
  4. Continue in this manner, with six objects on the next page, eight on the following, and ten on the last page. Let your child decorate the booklet as he’d like and when it’s complete, read it together. Pause on each page and ask your child to predict which number will come next.

Still feeling crafty? Use the stamps and card stock to create holiday cards. For each card, give your child an even number and challenge him to count it out as fast as he can, using skip counting. Voila! A cute treat to send to relatives, and a nice way to add some creativity to this important math skill!

 

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