Stimulating children's senses is very important for their development. This funny reindeer craft Christmas activity will introduce them to different textures.
Reindeer Art/Craft Activity for Children
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The brain has an incredible capacity for assimilation, especially when we talk about children's brains and their learning processes. During the first years of life, the brain is in the development process. That's why we must carry out sensory activities. These exercises' objective is to activate the children's senses: taste, touch, hearing, sight, and smell.
"No one can be free unless he/she is independent; the first active manifestations of individual freedom in a child must be guided in such a way that, through this activity, the child can be in conditions to reach independence" Maria Montessori.
This means that children learn in a better way when they are autonomous in their learning processes. It is not the same to know the theory about something as having a perception of things based on their own experience.
In the first years of life, the brain has a special quality known as brain plasticity. This is the ability to assimilate information in an easier way generating new neural connections. The brain is in the capacity to perceive all the stimuli, and the more stimuli it perceives, the greater the plasticity. Consequently, the greater the intelligence. The stimulation of the senses clearly represents an important part of intellectual development.
In Montessori's learning method, the child is recognized as a human being endowed with skills, capable of developing their learning autonomously and independently without constant adult supervision. It is necessary to create sensory environments in which children can stimulate their senses, such as textured activities, outdoors, cooking, music, etc.
THEME: SENSORY REINDEER CRAFT
HOW DO WE DO THIS ACTIVITY?
Topic: Sensory stimulation
Arts & Crafts Activities for Toddlers
Age: 1-2 years old children
Goal: Through this reindeer craft activity, children will perceive different textures developing the sense of touch.
Difficulty level: Basic. This reindeer craft activity is designed to be done through exploration and contact with materials.
- Recognizing textures
- Affective development
- Eye-hand coordination
- 6 Reindeer faces, previously drawn (or printable) already colored
Take a couple of reindeer faces and put the sandpaper in the nose.
Glue rice in another couple of reindeer's noses.
Glue cotton in another couple of reindeer's noses.
Give the reindeer's nose to the kids to match the pairs.
Reindeer craft of faces with textures
HOW TO CARRY OUT THIS REINDEER CRAFT ACTIVITY WITH CHILDREN OF OTHER AGES?
CHANGES FOR CHILDREN UNDER ONE-YEAR-OLD
Reindeer Fun for Toddlers
Younger children can do this reindeer craft activity, and it is unnecessary to change materials because it is a sensory activity. Children under one age surely haven't the skills to match images, so that you can do this kids activity with them, allowing children to stimulate their senses with the textures.
CHANGES FOR CHILDREN OLDER THAN 2
You can also do this Christmas activity with older children. To increase the difficulty level of this activity, you can cover their eyes, and then they can match the images being guided using their sense of touch.
WATCH THE STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS HERE
VIDEO DESCRIPTION -SENSORY REINDEER CRAFT
In this reindeer craft video, you will find a detailed explanation of the sensory activity "SENSORY REINDEERS," designed for 1-2-year-old children, where they will identify and match images through textures.
This craft activity will allow children to develop skills such as recognizing textures, affective development, and hand-eye coordination. The materials needed to carry out the activity are reindeer faces previously made, sandpaper, cotton, rice, and glue.
Sensory Images for Young Children
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