Keep the kids occupied during holiday dinners with this festive and fun centerpiece.
Step 1 – Fill Ornaments with Small Toys Fill bowls or a chip-and-dip partitioned tray with the small toys, beads, pom poms, etc. Lay out the ornament halves, open side up, in front of your child. Have your child pick out 3-4 small items to put in each ornament. Connect: Talk about size, shape, color, and texture as kids pick out the small items. Have kids count the number of items in each ornament.
Step 2 – Take Pictures One by one, dump out each ornament and organize the items into a grid or a line. Take a photo of the items. You can print out multiple copies of each photo to give kids an idea of what they should look for in each ornament. Connect: Kids like to organize things. Put them in charge of lining up the items. If your child is old enough to take a picture, involve them in this step.
Step 3 – Fill the Ornaments with Rice or Salt Put the items back in each ornament. Fill the ornament half with rice or salt. (To make filling easier, you can add rice to an empty salt container. Just cut off the bottom, fill the container, and secure with strong tape). Close the ornament. (You can add filler to both halves, just be quick when putting the ornament back together). Connect: Use the ornaments as a game at a holiday party or as a centerpiece at the kids’ table during your holiday dinner. Make sure you put your printouts on the table with some crayons. Kids can circle the items they find as they shake and turn the ornaments. You can even organize your photos into bingo cards and have the kids play Hidden Treasure Bingo. Some suggestions for ornament filler: • Paint a few pieces of pasta. Fill the ornaments with natural-colored pasta and a few of the painted pieces. Have kids find the painted pieces. • Fill an ornament with dried lentils, and add 5 different types of other dried beans. Have kids find all 5 beans.
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