The holidays are here! Are you looking for something to help keep your child busy while improving their hand strength? Check out these activities for my Christmas Busy Bag post. These hand strengthening activities are designed to help kids develop muscle strength in their hands while having fun. I would recommend that you use chopstick tied together or Jumbo plastic twister to do some of the activities to take it to the next level. 

Build a Candy Cane

Supplies:
  • Foam Sheet Red for Candy Cane
  • Card stock Red for Candy Cane
  • Large Paperclips
Directions:

Place all times into a ziploc bag.  Give your child the bag and encourage them to build a candy cane. The foam and cardstock will create different levels of difficulties for your child. 

Wrapping Paper Cutting

Supplies:
  • Wrapping Paper (Scraps)
  • Scissors 
  • Container To Cut Over
Directions:

Have your child cut the different types of wrapping paper however they want to. If your child’s skills are advanced enough try to encourage them to cut along the designs. Place wrapping paper and scissors into a small container for storage.  

Helpful Hint: Save the scraps to have your child make ornaments or cards with. 

Toy Drop

Supplies:
  • Parmesan Cheese Container (Emptied and cleaned with label removed.)
  • Small objects (Erasers or pom poms)
  • Clothes Pin or Jumbo plastic twisters
Directions:

Place all times into a container. Have your child empty the container next to them. Then, using the clothespin or twisters pick up the items and place them not the container. Use the smaller holes for more of a challenge. 

Decorate Christmas Tree Race

Supplies:
  • Cone Shape Foam painted green (Found mine at the Dollar Tree)
  • Two different colored bells
  • Toothpicks 
  • A Dice
Directions:

Set up- Place all times into a ziploc bag for storage. Randomly place toothpicks into the foam “tree.” This will be where you hang your “ordainments” (bells). 

Play Time-  Youngest place starts by rolling the dice. Then hanging that many of the “Ordainments” bells on the “tree.” The first player to hang all their “ordainments” wins. 

Christmas Line Trace 

Supplies:
  • Free Printable of Christmas Line Tracing
  • Sheet Protector or Dollar Store Clear Contacted Paper
  • Washable markers or Dry Erase Markers
  • Wet Wipe or Wet Paper towel
Directions:

Set up- Print the Christmas Line Tracing PDF. Place it into a sheet protector and tape the top closed or cover the sheets with Contacted paper.

Play Time-  Give your child the markers and Christmas Line Tracing paper that has been laminated. Encourage them to trace on the lines. With a wet wipe or damp paper towel wipe off the sheets when they are finished.  

Build a Snowman

Supplies:
  • Foam Sheets (White for snowman’s body and one other color for the hat)
  • An Assortment of Buttons
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Small pieces of orange felt for the carrot nose
  • Pipe Cleaner
Directions:

Place all times into a ziploc bag.  Give your child the bag and encourage them to build the snowman. For more of a challenge, you can have your child use jumbo plastic twister from the Dollar Tree. 

Hand Strengthening Toys

Add some hand strengthening toys to your busy bag.  There are some items we found when we were out and about. Squishy toys, Spinner using your thumb to push (Walmart), Ball shooter Santa (Target), and squisher squirt toy (Dollar Tree). I typically find my things after the holiday when everything going on sale. Then add them to the bag for the following year. 

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