The preschoolers at momstown Hamilton were having blast investigating the letter B. This is the second week of the ABC’s of the Holiday Season. As soon as the kids hear the sound of the jingle bells they immediately guessed what the B word was this week.
The kids cut along the lines of a B traced onto old file folders. The file folders provided a bit of extra strength that was needed but still allowed the kids to cut easily with safety scissors.
The next step was to punch holes around the outside edge. These holes would allow us to practice sewing. This is an excellent fine motor skill workout. Sewing cards can be purchased or made at home. All you really need is some thicker paper (card stock) or cereal box cut into a shape, a one hole punch, and some yarn. We put masking tape around the “needle” end of the yarn to prevent the yarn from splitting.
The original plan was to add the bells on while sewing, but we found that the back loop was too small to get the taped yarn through. So, plan B was to use pipe cleaner sections to add the bells on afterwards. It may not look as pretty but it worked just as well. The final touch was to add some bell shaped stickers and then it was time to play!
Once they had shaken out some energy we gathered for a story. And what is the perfect story to go with bells? Jingle Bells by Diane Muldrow is a fun story about a bear discovering the thrill of dashing through the snow.
…and back to shaking their bells! Thanks to Hertitage Green Baptist Church for hosting us.