Make a seek and find ornament!
My babies and I have played around with the clear, acrylic ornaments every Christmas since I can remember. We’ve swirled the insides with paint, painted the outsides, tied the tops with all sorts of pretty ribbons, and even stuffed the insides with secret messages for Santa. This year, I thought it would be fun to do DIY seek and find ornaments!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Clear, acrylic ornaments (better than glass because they won’t shatter), small letter beads or other small objects you would like to “find”, sugar, glitter and a bit of fake snow.
WHAT TO DO: We tried this first using only the fake snow. For some reason, we were never able to shake the letters into view! Adding some white sugar did the trick. Fill each ornament about halfway with fine, white sugar. Add a bit of glitter for sparkle and some fake snow for texture if you would like! Lay out your letter beads on the table to spell holiday words (Santa, gift, star, etc). Place them in the ornament, put the top on, and tie on a little tag with the words that will need to be found. So fun!
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-Have a child that is not quite ready for spelling words? Work on letter, number, or color recognition instead using.
-Use number beads to create math problems on the tag. Can they find the answer in all that snow?
-Hang your ornaments on the tree and the next time somebody says they’re “so bored” over the holiday break, pull it off and tell them to get to work!
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Fine motor skills, cognitive skills, visual motor integration, visual perceptual skills
Want to take a closer look at the skills kids are using in this activity? Check out our Clinical Closeup page, where we break down the skills listed below in terms everyone can understand.