A few years ago my oldest son and I made jingle bell bracelets for him to give his daycare friends. When I saw this post from Itty Bitty Love back in November, I immediately wanted to adapt her set-up for jingle bell bracelets in December. So here is what I did:
I have this tray set up on my permanent station in the Practical Life area. In other words, this tray stays put and the children just stand to do the activity. However, with the way I've arranged it, it could easily be taken from a shelf and transported to a table. On the tray are a little basket of red and green pipe cleaners. I cut about 1-2 inches off so they would fit into the basket. That also makes them a better size for little wrists. The green bowl holds gold and silver jingle bells. And I placed four numbered sticker dots right on the tray.
To do the activity the child selects a pipe cleaner and counts out 4 bells, placing them onto the dots as shown above. Next, they string the bells onto the pipe cleaner, twist the ends, and VOILA! a jingle bell bracelet is born.
The tinkle of little bells is making our classroom sound very festive this week!