Sometimes in the day when you have a toddler, you need to sit down, take and moment and take a moment to enjoy some quiet time together. For today's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Activity for Storybook Advent, we've put together a quiet time pack to play together and help your child learn. Based on the popular storybook these can be used in conjunction with any of the activities and crafts we have shared over the last few days and when you combine them together you have a fantastic selection of Reindeer Activities for young children to craft, play, eat and learn.
Rudolph and Reindeer Toddler Activity Pack
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Like the Nutcracker Activity Pack that I produced for Storybook Advent last year the Rudolph and Reindeer Activity Pack support pre-writing, scissor skills, letter recognition and some fun colouring and activity pages.
In addition to the Toddler Activity Pack which you can download below when you sign up to our Toddler and Preschool Book Based Activities Newsletter, you may want to make sure you have the following resources which we used to learn and play with this pack.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
There are two versions of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer that you could share aloud with your toddlers and early preschoolers. A classic version which is based on the popular Christmas song or one that features the characters from Toyland. If you can source both of the books it's great to read them both aloud and talk with them about the differences between the two.
Resources you will need to get your pack created
Printer - I've recently switched printed to an HP Envy with InstaInk and I'm loving how easy it is to use
Craft Scissors for you
Optional Laminator especially for the matching cards to make them more sturdy or to make the tracing activities reusable
Extras to interacting with the Reindeer Activity Pack
Pom Poms of assorted sizes in red for Rudolph's Nose
Tissue Paper - I like these tissue paper squares we only used red but there are lots of other colours and different sizes making it good value for money
Optional - Whiteboard pen/Dry Erase Markers for using if you laminate the tracing activities
Using your Toddler Rudolph and Reindeer Activity Pack
When you sign up for our Toddler and Preschooler Book Based Activities Newsletter you will get an email giving you the access to your FREE Toddler Activity Pack based on the Book Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as well as a full Activity Plan based around our Storybook Advent Activities and More.
As you have the full download of the activity pack you can then print off copies of the pages that you wish to you. See how we suggest using them below with your toddlers and early preschoolers.
Pre-Writing or Scissor Skills Sheets
In the pack pages, 3 - 5 are perfect for helping your toddlers and preschoolers get the basics of letter formation. See some of our activity suggestions below:
- You could laminate the pages and provide your child with a dry erase marker and let them trace over the lines.
- Cut strips with each of the different patterns and laminate - use a ring clip and create a mini booklet. Now your child can use these patterns with a salt tray, or on an easel
- Cut up the patterns into strips and provide your child with some scissors whilst supervised help them with cutting along on the lines - The first pattern on Page 5 will not work for scissor skills due to the loops
Letter R and r sheets
Pages 6 and 7 are dot sheets, we used these with pom poms and tongs as well as with our dot markers.
- Laminate the sheets if you wish and use differently sized pom poms to place red noses all over the R and r for Rudolph the reindeer
- Use the dot marker to fill in the dots - start with just red, but you could extend it by making a repeating pattern of red and green
Pages 9 and 10 are for you to cut out the letters you could then use them in some of the ways suggested below
- Fix to card and use the dot markers to add Rudolph noses to the letters
- Scrunch up Tissue Paper and fill in the letter to create a textured letter
- Use some Reindeer Stickers to decorate the letters
- Start to form a collection of textured letters by using the r as a template with some sandpaper or glitter card
Print out two copies of these cards - laminate to make them more hard wearing and then you can play a simple memory game.
Sleigh and Reindeer Decoration
Print out 1 copy of Page 18 and as many copies of page 11 as you want reindeer - you could always check out the story Twas the Night Before Christmas to find out how many reindeer Santa had on his sleigh and their names.
Then decorate and connect with string to form a picture for your wall this Christmas that you have made together.
I am sure that you will be able to find lots of other ideas and uses of this fantastic FREE Reindeer Toddler Activity Pack.
More Reindeer Activities to Do After your Have Read Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Make a Paper Plate Rudolph
Make your own Reindeer Snacks to Share
Keep active with these Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gross Motor Activities
Kori is a stay at home mom aspiring to be a work at home mom, and unofficial step mom of two. She enjoy singing with her church choir, spending time with her family, cooking, baking, crafts, and watching Jeopardy.
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