Playgroup was at our house this week. Our learning area of focus happened to be the letter "L." I wanted to do something Christmas-y and was having a hard time with L. I was stuck on T for trees or R for Rudolph. I have lots of ideas for those! But L...
I did some brainstorming and was a bit disappointed in myself that it took me that long to think of "lights" and "lamb" as well as "Lamb of God." Okay, plenty of L things for Christmas. And thus, this idea was born.
AGE RANGE: Definitely works for 3 and 4 year olds. I also did it with a 5 year old (Brayden). I would guess most 2 year olds could do it. You might be able to get an 18-24 month old to participate, but watch closely because of the glue. If yours is like mine, she might try to eat it.
I have finally learned to make my own version before asking children to create it. Then they can see what they are doing without trying to see what is in my head.
- Religious discussion of Lamb in Christmas story
- Sensory skills
- Fine motor
- Paper to put stuff on
- Cotton balls (I used 10 per picture)
- Black paper for face
- Black marker/crayon for legs
- Glitter for star
For the younger children, you might want to do the glue/glitter star yourself and let dry a bit before starting the activity. For the older children, you can let them do the star.
After the star is on the paper, put an oval of glue on the paper and glue in the oval. Then have the child put the cotton balls on the glue. Have the child glue a face on, then draw legs on. Let dry completely before hanging up.
Be sure to talk about the lamb's role in the story as well as the emergence of a new star and what that meant. We also read The Something Wonderful: A Christmas Story by Karen Hill. It stars a little lamb, so it goes perfectly with this activity.