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Letter to Santa

I thought I would share this activity with everyone as Christmas is on its way and writing a letter to Santa is something my girls look forward to this time of year.  You can send your letter and use the service provided by Australia Post (details below) or you can reply to your children’s letter pretending to be Santa 🙂

I sit individually with both girls and write our letters. Lara tells me what she would like to write and I write it for her then she draws pictures for Santa. Olivia who is learning to write, writes some words herself and adds her pictures.  Once the letters are written the girls decorate them using pens, pencils, textas or paint.

Australia Post provides for Australian residents where you can post your letter in a red post box and Santa will reply. You can also down load Santa letter templates either coloured or black and white.  For more information see http://auspost.com.au/personal/letters-to-santa.html

Once your letters are written, addressed and stamped we walk down to the local letter box and post them. It is not long before Santa sends a letter back which is a very exciting day at our house!!

This is a great activity to do with children as it promotes language and literacy, creativity and imagination.

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Christmas Tree Painting

This is a really easy and open ended Christmas activity for kids that also looks great hung up on the wall. The thing I dislike about a lot of Christmas crafts for kids is that the focus is usually on the product rather than the process. When children are involved in doing too many craft activities where this is the case, it can have an affect on their self esteem. Craft activities should be mostly about children using their imaginations and being creative. Anyway, I’ll get off my soap box now!

I did this painting with Thomas just spontaneously one day so it didn’t take a lot of preparation.

You will need:

1 sheet A3 paper (or any size you wish really)

Green paint and a paintbrush

Glue

Glitter

Sequins or stars

What you do:

Let your child paint the paper green.

Once the paint is dry, draw 2 lines on the paper one each side starting from a point at the top in the middle down to the bottom corners – to make a triangle.

With supervision, get your child to cut along the lines.

Cover the tree with glue and decorate with glitter and sequins or stars.

Button Christmas Tree Decorations

Christmas is fast approaching and there’s nothing like creating gifts and decorations with kids that you can keep forever.

I have no idea where I found these very cute Christmas trees – on the net somewhere (so if the original idea belongs to anyone reading this, I apologise for not acknowledging you).

They not only look fantastic but are so easy to make and only take a couple of minutes – which is great for little people’s attention spans! Threading is a good activity for developing fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination. Perfect for hanging on the Christmas tree or as a present for someone special :-).

What you need:

  • Buttons of various sizes and colours – choose your own colour scheme (6 or 8 buttons for each tree)
  • Small bells
  • Pipe cleaners

I picked all these things up from spotlight… They even had a prepackaged bag of buttons in Christmas colours.

What you do:

  • Arrange the buttons in size order – this is a great activity for teaching children the concept of size and seriation.
  • Cut pipe cleaner in half
  • Thread a bell on one end of the pipe cleaner and twist so it won’t fall off
  • Thread buttons beginning with the largest to smallest
  • Loop end of pipe cleaner to form a hook and twist
  • Hang on the Christmas tree 🙂

I hope you like these as much as I did!