Set up this fun fine motor Christmas tray activity stuffing stockings! Your toddler or preschooler will love to pretend helping to stuff the stockings for Santa.
Stuffing stockings this year? I just love to fill my kids’ stockings with all kinds of small gifts, just because I know how much joy it brings them when they find it filled on Christmas morning! This is a simple fine motor activity as part of our activity tray series every Wednesday in December, today we are stuffing stockings!
Originally, I set this tray up for then 3-year-old, but my older child loved this simple activity too! I used one of our beloved trays, together with two small stockings and pretend presents ornaments.
This activity works mainly on fine motor skills: using a pincher grip to hold onto the present and adding it to the stocking. It works on bilateral coordination skills too: one hand must open the stocking, while the other hand places the presents inside. Also developing hand-eye coordination with getting it into the opening!
I added a challenge to the activity and asked my older child to count how many presents will fit into the stocking, adding playful counting opportunities.
Here I asked my littlie to only fill it with green presents, then blue presents etc. Working on visual discrimination and classification sorting the colours.
Such a simple idea, but really so educational. It would work great as a workstation in a classroom or one could turn it into pretend to play too: In Santa’s workshop, the elves stuff the stockings on Christmas Eve…
Have you seen the other CHRISTMAS-themed tray activities?
See them here by clicking on these links: