Young kids are fascinated with Christmas lights! The beautiful colors of Christmas light displays attract both young and old each holiday season. The following Wikki Stix activities are designed capture the excitement of Christmas lights and enhance learning through fine motor play and creation. We hope your own children will enjoy playing and learning with us this Christmas!
Wikki Stix Christmas Lights Fine Motor Craft
Materials needed: Assorted Colors of Wikki Stix (including red, green, blue, yellow, and orange – these colors will be used to play learning games below) and construction paper.
Invite the children to create a Christmas light strand with Wikki Stix. It is a great way to increase color recognition skills while encouraging small fingers muscles to grow!
To make the bulbs: invite the children to make an oval or circle from any color of Wikki Stix. The children should continue tracing inside the initial shape with additional Wikki Stix until the bulb is completely filled in. Any excess Wikki Stix can be pressed to the bulb or cut off with safety scissors.
Invite the children to use green Wikki Stix on the mounting paper to make a light strand. The individual Christmas bulbs can then be pressed onto the green Wikki Stix to resemble a string of lights.
The Wikki Stix Christmas Lights make great displays at home or in the classroom for Christmas!
Patterning with Wikki Stix Created Christmas Lights
Materials needed: Wikki Stix Christmas Lights (as created above) and mounting paper.
Invite the children to use some of their Wikki Stix Christmas light crafts to practice basic patterning skills.
Younger children can begin with a basic AB pattern (in the photo above, A=Orange and B=Yellow). Start a pattern for the children using just two colors of the Wikki Stix Christmas lights. Encourage the children to extend the pattern with more of the created lights.
Older children may wish to use 3 or more colors of created lights to make more complex patterns: ABC, ABCD, AABBCCDD, AABBCC, etc.
While looking at Christmas lights in the neighborhood this season, point out any light patterns to the children. As the children practice with patterning, they will become aware of patterns that occur in nature or in their own environment!
Wikki Stix Christmas Lights Color Matching Activity
Materials needed: Wikki Stix Christmas Lights fine motor crafts (from the craft instructions above), scissors, and one printable Color Matching file (Download the Christmas Lights in Colors PDF file here).
Print the Wikki Stix Color Matching file for each child. The first page concentrates on only the colors blue, yellow, red, and green. If you would like to work on additional colors, the second page is intentionally left blank to write in any colors your child has had introduced or is working on.
Laminate the file pages for durability. When laminated, a dry erase marker can be used on the second page. Just label with a color and erase with a tissue when the children are ready to move on to another color.
Prior to the activity: cut the individual color word cards apart.
Set the color word cards and the Wikki Stix created Christmas light crafts out on a table or a large tray.
Invite the children to look at each of the cards and choose the Wikki Stix created Christmas light that corresponds to the color/color word on each of the cards. As the children gain confidence with basic colors, they can create more Wikki Stix Christmas light crafts to continue practice with color recognition skills.
Note: the Christmas Lights in Colors file (linked above) can also be used as a template for the Wikki Stix created Christmas bulbs. Invite the kids to outline the bulbs with the color of Wikki Stix desired. The children can then finish the bulb by tracing along the inside of the original outline with additional Wikki Stix.
My Name in Christmas Lights with Wikki Stix
Materials needed: Christmas Lights in Colors file (linked above), scissors, and Wikki Stix.
Print enough copies of the second page of the file so that each child can spell one letter of their name on one bulb. Have the children cut the individual Christmas bulbs apart. On each bulb, invite the children to use Wikki Stix to create each letter of their name. Younger children may wish to focus on uppercase letters only, while older children may wish to use both upper and lowercase letters.
Creating names in lights is a great way to encourage name and letter recognition while working on fine motor skills with Wikki Stix!
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